provoking

adjective

Definition of provoking

:causing mild anger :annoying

provokingly

play \-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of provoking in a Sentence

  1. the host's provoking opinions are the reason why people tune in to his radio talk show in the first place

First Known Use of provoking

1642



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