vexed

adjective \ ˈvekst \
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of vexed

: affected with, marked by, or causing trouble or vexation: such as
a : feeling or showing irritation, annoyance, or distress
  • He had a vexed look, as if irritated at having to direct yet another … lost tourist to more celebrated Washington landmarks.
  • —Larry L. King
  • … I plainly perceived him to be extremely vexed at me …
  • —Herman Melville
b : difficult and often frustrating to understand or deal with
  • a vexed question
  • Merchants such as the Polos sought to circumvent the vexed system of coins, with its inevitable confusion and debasement, by trading in gems such as rubies and sapphires and in pearls.
  • —Laurence Bergreen
  • But the coming months—when America will have to vote for or against China in matters of trade, proliferation and human rights—will severely test the White House's ability to manage a perpetually vexed relationship.
  • —Tom Post

Examples of vexed in a Sentence

  1. She was feeling somewhat vexed.

  2. my dog was clearly vexed with me for having been gone all week, and hardly greeted me when I came home

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First Known Use of vexed

15th century

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Definition of vexed for English Language Learners

  • : difficult and frustrating to deal with

  • : annoyed or worried



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