Definition of vex in US English:

vex

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, especially with trivial matters.

    ‘the memory of the conversation still vexed him’
    • ‘She gets increasingly vexed by Les who insists she say particularly silly things over the airwaves.’
    • ‘The debate about private car use in York has vexed York's politicians and transport planners for decades.’
    • ‘There is something about this musical distinction that vexes me, but for the sake of the argument I'd say upbeat rock 'n' roll.’
    • ‘Yesterday, he was vexed and frustrated as the weekend's fatalities ensured a flood of calls from journalists.’
    • ‘And his equanimity didn't help matters, especially when she was vexed at him.’
    • ‘His prices were too high for the Venetian grandees, who were as careful as himself with money, whilst the religious orders vexed him with quibbles and indecision.’
    • ‘Times and editors change, and now instead of letters, the magazine chooses to vex their readers by not offering indices of back issues online.’
    • ‘If the Declaration inspires us with lofty ideals, the Constitution vexes us with questions of interpretation.’
    • ‘Yes, it's sad that we are still vexed by the very same issues.’
    • ‘However, many of us were vexed at our government and the souring relations with the States.’
    • ‘I think I'll ask her this question that is vexing me so.’
    • ‘The question that has long vexed evolutionary biologists is whether these ornaments actually tell you anything about the genetic health of a male.’
    • ‘She'd given him no instructions just as the stresses of his situation began to vex him.’
    • ‘Simultaneous translation is provided, but Donald Dewar is among the members vexed by the technology and his grimace is captured by photographers.’
    • ‘I'm slightly vexed to find that walking is restricted to footpaths during the grouse nesting season (May to August).’
    • ‘As a Yorkshire born Aussie, the question of Scottish antipathy to the English has vexed me often.’
    • ‘As a social activist, she was vexed by the invisibility of significant sections of the community - the homeless, the overweight and the elderly.’
    • ‘The finding sheds further light on a question that has vexed scientists for years: How do birds navigate between nesting areas separated by thousands of miles with pinpoint accuracy?’
    • ‘It really vexes me to see that so many people believe that they should be able to dictate what a blogger does or does not write about.’
    • ‘What vexed me enough that all those details would matter, however, was the film's treatment of women.’
    annoy, irritate, infuriate, anger, incense, inflame, enrage, irk, chagrin, exasperate, madden, pique, provoke, nettle, disturb, upset, perturb, discompose, put out
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    1. 1.1archaic Cause distress to.
      ‘thou shalt not vex a stranger’
      distress, grieve, sadden, make miserable, make wretched, upset, trouble, harrow, cause anguish to, afflict, perturb, disturb
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexare ‘shake, disturb’.

Pronunciation

vex

/veks//vɛks/