- 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