Simple Definition of vex
: to annoy or worry (someone)
Full Definition of vex
1 a : to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to <the restaurant is vexed by slow service> b : to bring physical distress to <a headache vexed him all morning> c : to irritate or annoy by petty provocations : harass <vexed by the children> d : puzzle, baffle <a problem to vex the keenest wit>
2 : to shake or toss about
Examples of vex in a sentence
This problem has vexed researchers for years.
We were vexed by the delay.
Origin and Etymology of vex
Middle English, from Anglo-French vexer, from Latin vexare to agitate, harry; probably akin to Latin vehere to convey — more at way
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of vex
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Definition of vex for Students
1 : to bring trouble, distress, or worry to <“It is an excellent plan to have some place where we can go to be quiet, when things vex or grieve us.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women>
2 : to annoy by small irritations <Flies vexed the cows.>
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