- Vex is defined as to bring trouble or distress to or to annoy.
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)
- Obsolete to shake or toss about
Origin: Middle 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
- vexer noun
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transitive verb vexed, vex·ing, vex·es
- To annoy, as with petty importunities; bother. See Synonyms at annoy.
- To cause perplexity in; puzzle.
- To bring distress or suffering to; plague or afflict.
- To debate or discuss (a question, for example) at length.
- To toss about or shake up.
Origin: Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
- vexˈed·ly adverb
- vexˈer noun
- vexˈing·ly adverb