From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnuisancenui‧sance /ˈnjuːsəns $ ˈnuː-/ ●●○ S3 noun 1 [countable usually singular]ANNOY a person, thing, or situation that annoys you or causes problemsa real/awful/terrible etc nuisance The dogs next door are a real nuisance.What a nuisance! British English What a nuisance! I’ve forgotten my ticket.I hate to be a nuisance .../Sorry to be a nuisance ... I hate to be a nuisance, but could you move your car to the other side of the street? Stop making a nuisance of yourself (=annoying other people with your behaviour)! It’s a nuisance having to get up that early on a Sunday morning.2 [countable, uncountable] lawSCL the use of a place or property in a way that causes public annoyance The nightclub has been declared a public nuisance.
Examples from the Corpusnuisance• Rabbits can be a nuisance to gardeners.• His battalion commander was becoming a nuisance.• The flies which on the previous day had been a nuisance to them were now a torment.• He says it is a nuisance but he's putting up with it.• Wet, moldy basements may be more than a nuisance.• She said he was a nuisance and that the council ought to do something about it.• Compass errors are an awful nuisance and it is well worth finding out a little about them.• They were a necessary nuisance that provided the rationale for what Bureau men really loved to do: build majestic dams.• Missing are neighborhood and business associations: two groups that pushed hard during the former administration for a crackdown on nuisance crimes.• The overgrown vacant lot was declared a public nuisance.making a nuisance of yourself• It's just I don't relish any of Jahsaxa's colleagues making a nuisance of themselves here.• I've got some one from the village coming in every day to check that no one tries making a nuisance of themselves.public nuisance• Married sheep-farmer Wadland, 29, was jailed for five years after admitting making threats to kill and being a public nuisance.• She should be declared a public nuisance and paved over for a parking lot.• Tell that woman she is a public nuisance.• Consequently, odours may amount to a public nuisance if they substantially inconvenience a sufficient number of people.• It also alleges violations of state and federal antitrust laws and public nuisance laws.• We have considered the tort of private nuisance; public nuisance should also be mentioned.• In Gibbons the cause of action was founded on public nuisance.• Those who reside or work where zoning laws prohibit public nuisances need not apply.From Longman Business Dictionarynuisancenui‧sance /ˈnjuːsənsˈnuː-/ noun [countable, uncountable]LAW someone or something that causes public annoyanceAfter a local jury found the noise was a nuisance, a judge ruled that the bell can no longer ring at night.movement of vehicles creating public nuisanceOrigin nuisance (1400-1500) Anglo-French nusaunce, from Old French nuisir “to harm”