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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State lawmakers earmarked $1 million in this year’s budget to deal with vexing summer traffic jams outside Wekiwa Springs State Park but the fix won’t come until winter. Stephen Hudak,, "Traffic jams at Wekiwa Springs to get $1M fix — but not till winter," 3 July 2019 Preserving its safe distance from peril is a vexing proposition. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 Only, the Raptors proved more vexing than the 2018 skeleton version of the Cavs. Chris Ballard,, "A New Beginning: The Warriors Face an Uncertain Future," 15 June 2019 His inability to plant the royal seed became a vexing political issue, giving him the moniker that would accompany him into history books: Henry the Impotent. National Geographic, "To seize power in Spain, Queen Isabella had to play it smart," 28 Mar. 2019 Rating restaurants in casual Southern California proved to be somewhat vexing for the straight-laced organization. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego joins dining elite as first Michelin star goes to Addison," 3 June 2019 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

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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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to complain fretfully

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