frustrating

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

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

For those whose jobs depend on keeping tanks full, the shortages have been frustrating. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Mexico president declares gains in fight against fuel theft," 14 Jan. 2019 Fernández said dealing with the on-and-off again timetables of reunifications was frustrating. Lomi Kriel, San Antonio Express-News, "Half of migrants under 5 reunited with parents, though rest remain ‘ineligible’," 12 July 2018 Even more frustrating is that the situation further reinforced the stereotype of black homophobia — a myth that suggests black people are more inherently homophobic given their cultural exchanges in hip-hop and religion. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 There’s something deeply frustrating about the fact that the world’s fastest airplanes are not carrying passengers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 One of the more frustrating aspects of macOS is the lack of an official window management tool. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The first 11 apps to install on your new Mac," 27 Dec. 2018 This book is a tribute to his quest and a guide to looking at the often-frustrating subway with fresh eyes. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 What’s particularly frustrating about this is that, as Apocalypse undercuts its own stakes by focusing its attention on the all-powerful Mallory, other characters’ development and sacrifices are simultaneously rendered moot. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Watch This 70 People on How To Sing the Happy Birthday Song in Their Country To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% Logistics in the region can be frustrating. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Beginner's Guide to Visiting Champagne," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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frustrating

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of frustrating

: causing feelings of anger and annoyance

frustrating

adjective
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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