An example of vex is for the flu to bring aches and pains to the sick individual.
- to give trouble to, esp. in a petty or nagging way; disturb, annoy, irritate, etc.
- to distress, afflict, or plague: vexed with rheumatism
- to keep bringing up, going over, or returning to (a matter difficult to solve): used in the pp.
- Obs. to shake or toss about
Origin of vexMiddle English vexen ; from Middle French vexer, to vex, torment ; from Classical Latin vexare, to shake, agitate ; from past participle stem of vehere, to carry: see way
transitive verbvexed, vex·ing, vex·es
- To irritate, bother, or frustrate: was vexed at the slow pace of reform. See Synonyms at annoy.
- To cause perplexity in; baffle: “the mathematical, biological, and meteorological problems that vexed and intrigued him all the days of his life” (Robin Marantz Henig).
- To cause difficulty or trouble to: “He was determined to lay to rest the problem that had most vexed his presidency” (James Carroll).
- To cause pain or physical distress to; afflict: “O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed” (King James Bible).
Origin of vexMiddle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present vexes, present participle vexing, simple past and past participle vexed)
- (space science, ESA) Initialism of Venus Express.