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 Authorities have characterized such unaffiliated actors as some of the most vexing for law enforcement. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "FBI Director Testifies on Capitol Hill About Jan. 6 Riot," 2 Mar. 2021 Seating an impartial jury could be the most vexing challenge of the entire proceeding, and three weeks have been scheduled just for picking a jury. New York Times, "Why William Barr Rejected a Plea Deal in the George Floyd Killing," 10 Feb. 2021 Experts say job growth will be more vexing, however: An initial employment bump as businesses reopen is expected, but some layoffs will be permanent and many people will struggle to reenter the workforce. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, "California’s unemployment is at a pandemic low, a recovery ‘milestone’," 26 Mar. 2021 The problem was even more vexing because his pharmacy, Rossi Pharmacy, draws many customers from East New York, a community hit hard by the pandemic and where the vaccination rate lags behind other parts of New York City. New York Times, "This Pharmacist Had Vaccine Doses to Spare. So He Hit the Road.," 16 Mar. 2021 Perhaps the most vexing lesson in epidemiology is that predictions themselves change the future. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "How to Live With Uncertainty," 11 Mar. 2021 That surge was a vexing issue for the Trump administration. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Flood of migrants, coronavirus prompts feds to fly hundreds of migrant families to El Paso and Laredo from crowded facilities in Valley," 8 Mar. 2021 That all made the Warriors’ 117-91 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center even more vexing. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors take major step back in blowout loss to Lakers," 28 Feb. 2021 This year, though, with the Olympic Games to open in Japan, where rising case counts early this year forced many of the country’s largest cities into a state of emergency last month, the question has become rather more vexing. New York Times, "Olympians Enter a Risky New Event: Line Jumping," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of vexing

1569, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

14 Apr 2021

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“Vexing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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