frustrating

adjective frus·trat·ing \ ˈfrə-ˌstrā-tiŋ \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

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

  1. All these delays have been very frustrating.

  2. these daily traffic jams are frustrating

Recent Examples of frustrating from the Web

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First Known Use of frustrating

1871


FRUSTRATING Defined for English Language Learners

frustrating

adjective

Definition of frustrating for English Language Learners

  • : causing feelings of anger and annoyance


FRUSTRATING Defined for Kids

frustrating

adjective frus·trat·ing \ ˈfrə-ˌstrā-tiŋ \

Definition of frustrating for Students

: 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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