frus·trat·ing | \ˈfrə-ˌstrā-tiŋ \

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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Given the fact that more and more men are embracing makeup (and that the makeup industry is finally embracing them back), this is frustrating, to say the very least. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Man Wearing Makeup Says Club Denied Him Entry Unless He Took It Off," 16 May 2018 Customer service is so frustrating in this case for everyone. Nihal Kolur,, "Graeme McDowell Forced to Withdraw From Tournament After Air France Loses His Golf Clubs," 3 July 2018 What’s so frustrating at home, in front of the TV, is that actors won’t repeat themselves. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "The Real Reason You Use Closed Captions for Everything Now," 26 June 2018 Still, limiting the scope of astrophysics missions can be frustrating, since getting comprehensive results often requires big budgets. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA limits future space telescope costs amid mission delays and budget uncertainty," 5 June 2018 Throughout Season 2 of Glow, Betty Gilpin’s Debbie emerges as the Netflix dramedy’s most compelling, layered, and often frustrating character. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glow's Betty Gilpin: "Even Women with $200 Lotion and Perfect Eyebrows Are Crying in Their Bathrooms"," 9 July 2018 With Brazil's skillful but frustrating Neymar now out, too, the tournament is showing that game-changing players need fully functioning teams around them and cannot carry their nations' hopes alone. John Leicester,, "Winds of football change blow at Russia World Cup," 7 July 2018 More common than both these extremes, though, are the bosses who waver between them: sometimes supportive, sometimes not; sometimes helpful and sometimes frustrating; etc. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Why It’s Better to Hate Your Boss Than to Feel Ambivalent Toward Them," 2 July 2018 Ultimately, however, the Selecao delivered an enigmatic and frustrating performance in which few concrete chances ever materialised after Philippe Coutinho's stunning opening goal., "Brazil 1-1 Switzerland: Stubborn Swiss Refuse to Back Down as Brazil Disappoint in Rostov," 17 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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