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
Recent Examples on the Web Catastrophic damage to numerous local water systems poses an even more vexing problem. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer,, "President Trump surveys Hurricane Laura damage: 'I'm here to support the great people of Louisiana'," 29 Aug. 2020 The proof, posted online last October, is the latest example of how human ingenuity, combined with raw computing power, can answer some of the most vexing problems in mathematics. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem," 19 Aug. 2020 One of the most vexing problems facing the Air Force during the Cold War was getting planes off the ground during wartime, when the Soviet Union was anticipated to target NATO runways. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, Wanna Buy a Cold War Fighter Jet?," 18 Aug. 2020 The report, published Thursday by the Budget and Legislative Analyst's Office, paints a grim picture of a department tasked with handling one of San Francisco’s most vexing and visible issues. Trisha Thadani,, "SF homeless department is understaffed and unprepared to handle crisis, report says," 7 Aug. 2020 In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. Lindsey Tanner, Star Tribune, "US kids, parents perform DIY tests for coronavirus science," 7 Aug. 2020 Eight months into the pandemic, the variety of COVID-19 experiences remains a vexing mystery. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic’s Biggest Mystery Is Our Own Immune System," 5 Aug. 2020 Two major cruise companies have created a joint blue-ribbon task force to try to find comprehensive solutions to the industry's most vexing problem: how to keep ship passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Royal Caribbean, Norwegian create panel to make cruising safe from the coronavirus," 8 July 2020 What set up the rotation that created the hook is a bit more vexing. Washington Post, "19 people injured after tree falls on garage in Anne Arundel County," 6 July 2020

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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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4 Sep 2020

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“Vexing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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