vexed

[vekst]
adjective
1.
irritated; annoyed: vexed at the slow salesclerks.
2.
much discussed or disputed: a vexed question.
3.
tossed about, as waves.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see vex, -ed2

vexedly [vek-sid-lee] , adverb
vexedness, noun
half-vexed, adjective
unvexed, adjective
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vex

[veks]
verb (used with object)
1.
to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
2.
to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money vexes many.
3.
to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length: to vex a question endlessly without agreeing.
4.
to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
5.
to afflict with physical pain.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English vexen < Old French vexer < Latin vexāre to shake, jolt, harass, annoy, frequentative of vehere to carry, convey

vexer, noun
vexingly, adverb


1. anger, irk, fret, nettle. 2. hector, harry, harass.


1. delight.
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vex (vɛks)
 
vb
1.  to anger or annoy
2.  to confuse; worry
3.  archaic to agitate
 
[C15: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre to jolt (in carrying), from vehere to convey]
 
'vexer
 
n
 
'vexing
 
adj
 
'vexingly
 
adv

vexed (vɛkst)
 
adj
1.  annoyed, confused, or agitated
2.  much debated and discussed (esp in the phrase a vexed question)
 
vexedly
 
adv
 
'vexedness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

vex
early 15c., from M.Fr. vexer, from L. vexare "to attack, harass, trouble," from vexus, collateral form of vectus, pp. of vehere "to draw, carry" (see vehicle).

vexed
mid-15c., pp. adj. from vex. Phrase vexed question attested from 1848.
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Example sentences
The question of what to do with endangered species on private land had long
  vexed wildlife managers.
Because game players seem to have provided an answer to a scientific question
  that's vexed researchers for a decade.
Indeed, making hydrogen fuel cells practical for small-scale applications is a
  problem that's vexed many companies.
And so the questions that have vexed paleontologists for decades are now more
  urgent than ever.
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