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vex

play
verb, \ˈveks\

Simple Definition of vex

  • : to annoy or worry (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vex

vexed also vextvexing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to shake or toss about

Examples of vex in a sentence

  1. This problem has vexed researchers for years.

  2. We were vexed by the delay.



Origin 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

annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness <their constant complaining annoys us>. vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety <vexed by her son's failure to clean his room>. irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit <careless waste irks the boss>. bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind <don't bother me while I'm reading>.

Rhymes with vex

dex, ex, flex, hex, lex, rex, sex, specs, x


VEX Defined for Kids

vex

play
verb \ˈveks\

Definition of vex for Students

vexedvexing

  1. 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. 2 :  to annoy by small irritations <Flies vexed the cows.>





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