Vex Definition

vexed, vexes, vexing
vexed, vexes, vexing
To give trouble to, esp. in a petty or nagging way; disturb, annoy, irritate, etc.
Webster's New World
To cause perplexity in; baffle.
American Heritage
To cause difficulty or trouble to.
American Heritage
To keep bringing up, going over, or returning to (a matter difficult to solve)
Webster's New World
To distress, afflict, or plague.
Vexed with rheumatism.
Webster's New World
(space science, ESA) Initialism of Venus Express.

Origin of Vex

  • From Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vÄ“xāre (“disturb, agitate"). Replaced native Middle English grillen (“to vex, annoy") from Old English grillan.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English vexen from Old French vexer from Latin vexāre wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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