frus·​trat·​ing ˈfrə-ˌstrā-tiŋ How to pronounce frustrating (audio)
: 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

All these delays have been very frustrating. these daily traffic jams are frustrating
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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frustrating was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Frustrating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: producing frustration
a frustrating delay
frustratingly adverb

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