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.