- 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.
vex definition by Webster's New World
- 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
vex definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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