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

Examples of vexing in a Sentence

the constantly changing schedule was somewhat vexing, but I coped
Recent Examples on the Web Their return has been put on hold to allow engineers more time to troubleshoot two vexing hardware problems that emerged on the spacecraft after launch. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 26 June 2024 But while safety has dominated the headlines, there’s another vexing issue facing Boeing that threatens to explode this summer. Will Daniel, Fortune, 26 June 2024 Immigration has been a vexing political issue for Biden. Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 19 June 2024 Seemingly unrelated news items collided midweek to suggest a possible solution for a vexing problem: President Biden’s age. Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for vexing 

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vexing was in 1569

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“Vexing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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

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