follow Dictionary.com

Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs

provoking

[pruh-voh-king] /prəˈvoʊ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving to provoke; causing annoyance.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; provoke + -ing2
Related forms
provokingly, adverb
unprovoking, adjective
unprovokingly, adverb

provoke

[pruh-vohk] /prəˈvoʊk/
verb (used with object), provoked, provoking.
1.
to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
2.
to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity):
The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.
3.
to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
4.
to give rise to, induce, or bring about:
What could have provoked such an incident?
5.
Obsolete. to summon.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prōvocāre to call forth, challenge, provoke, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vocāre to call; akin to vōx voice
Related forms
provoker, noun
misprovoke, verb (used with object), misprovoked, misprovoking.
overprovoke, verb, overprovoked, overprovoking.
preprovoke, verb (used with object), preprovoked, preprovoking.
unprovoked, adjective
Synonyms
1. irk, annoy, aggravate, exacerbate, infuriate. See irritate. 2. rouse, instigate. 2, 3. See incite.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for provoking
  • Rock concerts aren't generally known for their thought-provoking tranquillity.
  • The result was a wide-ranging and thought-provoking conversation.
  • We fear hurting their feelings, alienating them, or provoking them into complaining to some higher authority.
  • Anyway, thanks again for an interesting and thought provoking read.
  • That's a thought-provoking but ultimately unconvincing model in its current form.
  • None of these concepts seems to be anything particularly thought-provoking.
  • The books are dry, full of scientific neologisms, but extremely funny and thought-provoking.
  • It is the impact of that choice that causes dissatisfaction, by disrupting bedtime routines and provoking arguments.
  • The sustained vitality of a complex network requires that the net keep provoking itself out of balance.
  • The reason is that, on the questions that are provoking intramural trashtalk, there is no science.
British Dictionary definitions for provoking

provoke

/prəˈvəʊk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to anger or infuriate
2.
to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate
3.
to promote (certain feelings, esp anger, indignation, etc) in a person
4.
(obsolete) to summon
Derived Forms
provoking, adjective
provokingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for provoking
adj.

1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.

provoke

v.

late 14c., from Old French provoker, provochier (12c., Modern French provoquer) and directly from Latin provocare "call forth, challenge," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)). Related: Provoked; provoking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for provoking

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for provoking

19
23
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with provoking