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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Getting fans to campus for 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. kickoffs — and all those in between — is one of the most vexing issues for athletic directors and campus officials. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "The Pac-12 considers 9 a.m. kickoffs: Examining the impact on attendance," 29 July 2019 The most vexing issue of the peace deal, the physical demarcation of the border, appears to have been kicked into the long grass. The Economist, "Eritrea’s gulag state is crumbling," 11 July 2019 In addition to providing an independent check, Freedman’s method may also sidestep some vexing problems associated with other common standard candles. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Hubble Tension Headache: Clashing Measurements Make the Universe's Expansion a Lingering Mystery," 29 July 2019 The vexing question then becomes: How do quantum probabilities coalesce into the sharp focus of the classical world? Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Darwinism, an Idea to Explain Objective Reality, Passes First Tests," 22 July 2019 People living out of their vehicles has become an increasingly vexing issue in San Francisco, accounting for much of the city’s 17% rise in its homeless population since 2017. Trisha Thadani,, "Proposed ‘safe’ parking lot upsets some residents, pleases others," 20 July 2019 At first, Contessa breathed a sigh of relief at the diagnosis, which seemed to explain King’s poor academic performance and many of his vexing behavioral problems. Leila Atassi,, "Could the Lawrence School be King Korper’s key to overcoming dyslexia?: A Greater Cleveland," 17 July 2019 According to Bartges, feline idiopathic cystitis is an example of a vexing animal health issue that can give us a peek into our own psychology. Daphne Miller,, "A new meaning for ‘sick as a dog’? Your pet’s health may tell you something about your own," 11 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of vexing

1569, in the meaning defined above

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