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

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 Always Learn While frustration is key to growth, learning something new doesn’t always have to be frustrating. Vlad Rusz, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 There are times where the lack of urgency among the characters — even Tiffany eventually lets herself get sidetracked by the chance to meet her adult incarnation (Sekai Abenì) — and the slack pacing can be frustrating. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 July 2022 John, who asked that his last name be withheld due to the stigma attached to monkeypox, said difficulty locating the vaccine has been frustrating. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 28 July 2022 While inflation has continued to be frustrating for many consumers, some signs of relief appear to ahead in the next several months, according to Omair Sharif, founder and president of Inflation Insights in Pasadena, California. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2022 Having to take precautions can be frustrating after so many months of pandemic life, but getting sick can be extremely unpleasant, even if you are vaccinated and boosted. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 22 July 2022 Therapy's become so common and normalized, particularly in recent years when the U.S. has seen an increase in the number of people seeking mental health treatment, that this level of resistance is frustrating. Sara Netzley,, 20 July 2022 While this can be frustrating, policyholders can take comfort in that the process works in reverse when interest rates rise, albeit at a delay. Michael Seltzer, Forbes, 19 July 2022 It’s kind of like your identity is based all on that one competition, which is frustrating. oregonlive, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of frustrating

1871, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Frustrating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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