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 Seeing water underneath your dishwasher can be extremely frustrating as well. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 June 2021 And this is extremely frustrating, every weekend is the same thing. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 6 June 2021 Other critics said the policy changes would worsen parking scarcity in many neighborhoods and business districts, reducing quality of life and frustrating many residents. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2021 The disproportionate amount of attention Mars gets proves frustrating. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 2 June 2021 All of which made getting injured again even more frustrating. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 The porousness of the action becomes frustrating and, ultimately, off-putting., 2 June 2021 The journey for the past three years has truly been exciting, frustrating and rewarding. Jason Rose, Forbes, 2 June 2021 These bills would go a long way toward alleviate a backlog that's frustrating everyone, the Democratic lawmakers said. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'frustrating.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Frustrating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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