frus·​trat·​ing | \ ˈfrə-ˌstrā-tiŋ How to pronounce frustrating (audio) \

Definition of frustrating

: causing feelings of anger and annoyance : tending to produce or characterized by frustration a frustrating delay a very frustrating experience Mischel concludes that having the willpower to wait isn't about being stoic. It's about learning techniques that make waiting less frustrating.— Pamela Druckerman

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Other Words from frustrating

frustratingly adverb
a frustratingly slow process The book is sprawling and self-indulgent. Most frustratingly, it is almost entirely devoid of serious military analysis. — Hew Strachan

Examples of frustrating in a Sentence

All these delays have been very frustrating. these daily traffic jams are frustrating

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Taking medication or being on insulin therapy can be frustrating, but following your prescribed regimen is worth it. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 As a result, the majority of vibrators took a phallic form, which is frustrating because the shape of the object has little to do with its ability to arouse. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Meet Unbound, the Company Defining Next-Wave Sex Positivity One Wearable at a Time," 9 Apr. 2019 McCoy said the company understands how frustrating power outages are and that workers were working around the clock to fix them. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Storms cause thousands of power outages in Northwest Indiana," 5 July 2018 But Baffert also knows how fleeting that success is, and how frustrating the dry spells can be. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Triple Crown success has made trainer Bob Baffert a crossover star," 7 June 2018 Her cool approach to incendiary topics is part of what makes her work so brilliant and so frustrating. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "When It Comes to Politics, Be Afraid. But Not Too Afraid.," 4 July 2018 One of the most frustrating things is that many of the paper-thin plots would make for perfectly decent standalone movies. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Only Thing Worse Than Valentine's Day Is Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019 For some, Marriott’s lack of communication has been the most frustrating thing. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Inside the Marriott-Starwood Loyalty Program Turbulence," 28 Nov. 2018 Ramona Singer can be one of the most frustrating Bravo stars., "Did Ramona Singer Finally Have A Breakthrough On RHONY?," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of frustrating

1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of frustrating

: causing feelings of anger and annoyance


frus·​trat·​ing | \ ˈfrə-ˌstrā-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of frustrating

: causing feelings of disappointment and defeat So the Egypt gang waited and waited and it was all pretty frustrating.— Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game

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