vex·​ing ˈvek-siŋ How to pronounce vexing (audio)
: causing or likely to cause vexation : vexatious
a vexing problem
vexingly adverb

Example Sentences

the constantly changing schedule was somewhat vexing, but I coped
Recent Examples on the Web One of the most vexing issues facing many nations today is healthcare. Time, 12 Jan. 2023 Boras, the super agent who could probably create leverage against a raging bull in a phone booth, suddenly had one of the most vexing negotiations of his career. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 Which raises one very vexing question: What to do for an encore? Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2022 What’s all the more vexing is how this situation thematically collides with Apollo 10 ½, which dramatizes its hero’s closeness to his space-age dreams through its similitude to real life. Vulture, 17 Oct. 2022 Based on all our reader emails, calls and comments, here are our big take always of things that could have prevented some of the most vexing issues. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2022 Porter, 22, is the most vexing piece of the puzzle when assessing the future of the Rockets beyond 2022-23. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 25 Dec. 2022 And even more vexing, what to do with those who remain? Michael E. Miller And Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2022 As Fed Chair Jerome Powell laid out in his speech last week, the service sector is probably the most vexing piece in the U.S. inflationary puzzle. Bloomberg, Arkansas Online, 5 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vexing was in 1569

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Cite this Entry

“Vexing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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