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

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That lack of specificity is both ridiculous and frustrating. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro 6: The new tablet is easy to use, confusing to buy," 3 Oct. 2018 Like trying to get your bearings in rough waters, the process can feel futile and frustrating. Casey Gueren, SELF, "We Asked Therapists How to Feel a Little Bit Better This Week. Here are Their Self-Care Tips," 3 Oct. 2018 As frustrating and downright unacceptable as this situation was, Ortiz rose above the comments and took the time to write a powerful response on her Facebook page. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "This Meteorologist Had a Powerful Response to a Complaint That Her Hair Wasn't 'Normal'," 21 Sep. 2018 Fairfax Media / Getty Jack Dorsey runs one of the most valuable, maddening, delightful and frustrating technology companies in the world. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 What to Expect: In the sugariest way, this is the most awkward, frustrating and painstaking process. Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "9 Stages of Applying to College as a High School Senior," 11 Sep. 2018 Finally, after months of obnoxious delays and frustrating malaise, your hustle is back in business. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Overall, the state of suicide prevention in this country is extremely frustrating. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How data scientists are using AI for suicide prevention," 8 June 2018 That would be frustrating, and reeking of white male privilege, if the film didn't redeem itself with interesting female characters., "Mission Impossible: Fallout Is As Wild & Fun As Henry Cavill's Mustache," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of frustrating

1871, in the meaning defined above

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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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