vex

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verb \ˈveks\

Definition of vex

vexed

also

vext

play \ˈvekst\;

vexing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to the restaurant is vexed by slow serviceb :  to bring physical distress to a headache vexed him all morningc :  to irritate or annoy by petty provocations :  harass vexed by the childrend :  puzzle, baffle a problem to vex the keenest wit

  3. 2 :  to shake or toss about

Examples of vex in a Sentence

  1. This problem has vexed researchers for years.

  2. We were vexed by the delay.

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Origin and Etymology of vex

Middle English, from Anglo-French vexer, from Latin vexare to agitate, harry; probably akin to Latin vehere to convey — more at way

Synonym Discussion of vex

annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness. their constant complaining annoys us vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety. vexed by her son's failure to clean his room irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit. careless waste irks the boss bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind. don't bother me while I'm reading

VEX Defined for English Language Learners

vex

play
verb

Definition of vex for English Language Learners

  • : to annoy or worry (someone)


VEX Defined for Kids

vex

play
verb \ˈveks\

Definition of vex for Students

vexed

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vexing

  1. 1 :  to bring trouble, distress, or worry to “It is an excellent plan to have some place where we can go to be quiet, when things vex or grieve us.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

  2. 2 :  to annoy by small irritations Flies vexed the cows.



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