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vexing

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vex \Vex\ (v[e^]ks), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Vexed} (v[e^]kst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Vexing}.] [F. vexer, L. vexare, vexatum, to vex, originally, to shake, toss, in carrying, v. intens. fr. vehere, vectum, to carry. See {Vehicle}.]

1. To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.

White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars. --Pope.

2. To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to trouble; to tease. "I will not vex your souls." --Shak.

Ten thousand torments vex my heart. --Prior.

3. To twist; to weave. [R.]

Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom. --Dryden.

Syn: See {Tease}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vexing

adjective

1: extremely annoying or displeasing; "his cavelier curtness of manner was exasperating"; "I've had an exasperating day"; "her infuriating indifference"; "the ceaseless tumult of the jukebox was maddening" [syn: {exasperating}, {infuriating}, {maddening}, {vexing}]

2: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong" [syn: {annoying}, {bothersome}, {galling}, {irritating}, {nettlesome}, {pesky}, {pestering}, {pestiferous}, {plaguy}, {plaguey}, {teasing}, {vexatious}, {vexing}]


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