vex·​ing | \ ˈvek-siŋ \

Definition of vexing

: causing or likely to cause vexation : vexatious a vexing problem

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Other Words from vexing

vexingly adverb

Examples of vexing in a Sentence

the constantly changing schedule was somewhat vexing, but I coped

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Queen Ona is earning a solid B in math, which had always been her most vexing subject. Leila Atassi,, "The Korpers' new home delivers peace, quiet -- and better grades at school: A Greater Cleveland," 30 Apr. 2018 With Prince, there are more vexing issues than money. Karen Heller,, "What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear," 19 Apr. 2018 If the filing is granted by the judge, the motion would substantially streamline the case and answer the vexing question: are Uber drivers employees or not? Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Limo firm to judge: Tell us whether Uber drivers are employees," 8 Oct. 2018 Sometimes the simplest questions are the most vexing. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Experiment Hints at Why the Universe Is Made of Something Rather Than Nothing," 8 Aug. 2016 Protecting schools is a particularly terrible and vexing problem. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 Southwest Key has long branded itself as an angel of the borderlands, stepping in to help solve one of the nation’s most vexing social services problems, with constantly changing demands amid shifts in immigration policy. Mark Collette, Joshua Fechter And Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Companies earn billions to shelter immigrant children," 29 June 2018 Shakespeare’s frequent treatment of ethical and legal questions is marked far more by its ambiguity and unresolved tensions than by clear directives and propositions—this is part of what makes his work simultaneously playful and vexing. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "Frailty, Thy Name Is Immigration Control," 15 June 2018 Any state trying a go-it-alone strategy will face challenges possibly more vexing than the ones Congress would confront in passing a nationwide law. New York Times, "Single-Payer Health Care in California: Here’s What It Would Take," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of vexing

1569, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vexing was in 1569

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