vex·​ing | \ ˈvek-siŋ How to pronounce vexing (audio) \

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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But distilling which of the three is causing players to miss putts can be vexing. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Even for Jordan Spieth, Putting Is a Fickle Skill," 13 June 2018 Perhaps more vexing for Mr. Reagan was the score-settling memoir of Donald T. Regan, his second chief of staff at the White House who was pushed out during the Iran-contra scandal. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Rex Tillerson is just the latest Trump aide to speak out after getting fired," 18 May 2018 Making such a determination can be vexing, said James Cooney III, a white collar attorney who represented former presidential candidate John Edwards in a similar legal case. Annie Linskey,, "Is it ever a good idea to admit to paying off a porn star?," 4 May 2018 In these vexing times comfy, cocooning furniture is having a moment. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 In a multidimensional performance showing all the light and dark of the game, Neymar, 26, was the hero, the villain, the most graceful player in the stadium and, for many, the most vexing. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Brazil’s Joy Is Mexico’s Heartbreak in World Cup Knockout," 4 July 2018 But the vexing question is, just why in the hell would anybody want to salvage Mars One? Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A Mystery Investor May Save the Bankrupt Mars One Mission," 12 Feb. 2019 When and how quickly tyrannosaurs went from wallflower to prom king has been vexing paleontologists. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Meet This Tiny Ancestor of the Fearsome T. Rex," 21 Feb. 2019 Finding time for strength and conditioning sessions geared to the unique demands of each discipline can be vexing, and worse, exhaustion can set in, which is not recommended when roaring down a mountain at 80 mph. Bill Pennington, Anchorage Daily News, "‘So bold, it’s crazy’: Mikaela Shiffrin’s quest for Alpine skiing world domination," 11 Feb. 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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