Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Annoyance

• A pinched expression
• An exaggerated sigh
• Taking over a project due to impatience: Here, I’ll do it.
• Narrowing eyes
• Crossing the arms
• Tapping a foot
• A sharpening tone, using short phrases when speaking, clipped answers
• Rigid posture
• Nodding, but with a tightness to it, like one is holding back from saying something
• Throwing the hands up
• Rubbing the brow as if to ward off a headache
• Avoiding looking at the person, staring downward
• Pressing a fist to the mouth
• Fidgeting…

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded into book form. The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

And the news gets better: we’ve added 15 entries to this collection, including grief, lust, and self-loathing. To access these, simply visit our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, you’ll find all 90 entries from our popular Emotion Thesaurus, which have been updated and enhanced to provide even greater value. Users also enjoy the flexibility of cross-referenced material for easy searchability across all of our completed thesaurus collections. Interested in viewing a sample? Register for free at One Stop, and see what this innovative online library can do for your storytelling.


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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13 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Annoyance

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  3. Morgan Lee says:

    Totally awesome list! Thanks! 😀

  4. Shari Green says:

    Once again, you come to my rescue… thanks! 🙂

  5. Shari Green says:

    Once again, you come to my rescue…. Thanks! 🙂

  6. Angela says:

    Luc, even I’m not sure. It seems like every time I ‘think’ we’re reaching the end, I think of more emotions! My goal is to cover the strongest ones in the emotional spectrum. We will get to a point where emotions will overlap, and we’ll probably stop there.

    Pema–ACK! Sorry you’re having trouble reaching me! If you go to my blogger profile, my email contact is listed–maybe go that route, in case I made a typo before.

    Ray–bum clenchingly boring? Wow, now that’s original!

  7. Pema says:

    Angela, the e-mail address you gave me doesn’t work. Could you give me it again?

  8. Anonymous says:


    Just found your blogg on My Writers Circle. Looks realy good. Here’s a description that I heard at work recently. Someone came back from a meeting that she described as ‘bum clenchingly boring’. I know what she mean!


  9. Pema says:

    Thanks again, Angela. 😉 Your site is the only place that I’ve found these immensely helpful Writing Thesauruses.

  10. True says:

    Wow, you keep going. How much emotions do you have left?


  11. C.R. Evers says:

    I’m always amazed at these lists! they are so awesome! :0)

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