ex·​as·​per·​at·​ing ig-ˈza-spə-ˌrā-tiŋ How to pronounce exasperating (audio)
: causing strong feelings of irritation or annoyance
an exasperating delay
After the most frustrating, aggravating and exasperating two days of his career … Jack Curry
The following days brought light fluky winds and I made only 35 miles of progress in two days. It was very exasperating. Tom Peterson
exasperatingly adverb
an exasperatingly slow process
The heater warmed up slowly; its temperature was exasperatingly difficult to adjust. Consumer Reports

Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exasperating was in 1592

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“Exasperating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exasperating. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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