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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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 And, in what was to become one of the most frustrating archaeological discoveries ever, the workmen also found approximately 2,000 papyrus scrolls. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Perhaps the most frustrating reality is when users don’t have any known connections at all. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks?," 16 June 2018 Sporting Kansas City’s hottest game of the season was also among its most frustrating. Todd Engle, kansascity, "Sporting KC misses chance to take over MLS' top spot, draws 0-0 with Columbus | The Kansas City Star," 27 May 2018 For a president who loves to engage in verbal combat, that must be the most frustrating thing of all. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "President Trump’s fog of ‘scandals’ and outrages about the Mueller investigation," 25 May 2018 The most frustrating part about this episode is that the friends' money awkwardness never gets resolved. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Revisiting the Friends Episode in Which Everyone's Awkward About Money," 17 May 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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a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

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