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
Recent Examples on the Web With such a frustrating and overwhelming process, there was no brand offering an easy way for people to pick a color, buy paint and supplies, and get tips to tackle their paint project with confidence. Rachel King, Fortune, "The founder of paint supply startup Clare on how to use your brand as a social platform," 19 June 2020 One world is defined by frustrating legality; the other is somehow more primal and more logical, dominated by the easy-to-grasp dialectic of money and violence. Darren Franich,, "The death and life of the lawyer show," 18 June 2020 Glenn Hamer, president/CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said those businesses are frustrating to many others who have sacrificed and operated responsibly. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Ducey: All Arizona businesses must now comply with reopening guidelines," 17 June 2020 While cookie cutters with lots of details may look good, getting dough into and out of tiny spaces can prove frustrating. NBC News, "Best cookie cutters and where to buy them, according to experts," 15 June 2020 This is the result of a frustrating end to the season for someone who had opened his NBA career as a bit of a revelation. Connor Letourneau,, "Ky Bowman: Guard must compete for roster spot after up-and-down rookie season," 15 June 2020 Caught between shutdowns imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the responsibility to ensure due process for defendants, the district attorney said it’s a frustrating, frightening time for people in criminal justice. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County DA says he’s tightened scrutiny of police conduct," 15 June 2020 Rising into a new stratosphere, the view of Sexton started to change, from frustrating and oft-criticized outcast to one of the Eastern Conference’s elite scorers. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "What’s next for Collin Sexton? He has a lofty goal: ‘I want to push towards that All-Star Game’," 12 June 2020 Misgendering trans people, even if unintended by the perpetrator, can be frustrating or harmful to their mental health. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Gender identity: The difference between gender, sex and other need-to-knows," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of frustrating

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frustrating was in 1871

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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frustrating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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