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[veks] /vɛks/
verb (used with object)
to irritate; annoy; provoke:
His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry:
Lack of money vexes many.
to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length:
to vex a question endlessly without agreeing.
to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
to afflict with physical pain.
Origin of vex
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English vexen < Old French vexer < Latin vexāre to shake, jolt, harass, annoy, frequentative of vehere to carry, convey
Related forms
vexer, noun
vexingly, adverb
1. anger, irk, fret, nettle. 2. hector, harry, harass.
1. delight. Unabridged
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  • There was in her eyes, however, an unquiet sadness; she had abstracted moments when her mind seemed fixed on some vexing problem.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • It was vexing to be boxed on the ears for a boy whom she had never looked in the face!

  • But how many such tricksy ways, pretty or vexing, she was to show some of us in the years to come did not yet appear.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • “O war chief, I think I will do that, if they speak of vexing me,” he said.

  • They had much to tell, and when Stafford slept that night there came to him no vexing or distempered dreams.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
British Dictionary definitions for vexing


verb (transitive)
to anger or annoy
to confuse; worry
(archaic) to agitate
Derived Forms
vexer, noun
vexing, adjective
vexingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre to jolt (in carrying), from vehere to convey
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Word Origin and History for vexing



early 15c., from Middle French vexer, from Latin vexare "to attack, harass, trouble," from vexus, collateral form of vectus, past participle of vehere "to draw, carry" (see vehicle). Related: Vexed; vexing.

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