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’
    ‘the most vexing questions for policymakers’
    • ‘Yes, it's sad that we are still vexed by the very same issues.’
    • ‘As a Yorkshire born Aussie, the question of Scottish antipathy to the English has vexed me often.’
    • ‘Simultaneous translation is provided, but Donald Dewar is among the members vexed by the technology and his grimace is captured by photographers.’
    • ‘Times and editors change, and now instead of letters, the magazine chooses to vex their readers by not offering indices of back issues online.’
    • ‘What vexed me enough that all those details would matter, however, was the film's treatment of women.’
    • ‘The debate about private car use in York has vexed York's politicians and transport planners for decades.’
    • ‘If the Declaration inspires us with lofty ideals, the Constitution vexes us with questions of interpretation.’
    • ‘I think I'll ask her this question that is vexing me so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm slightly vexed to find that walking is restricted to footpaths during the grouse nesting season (May to August).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, many of us were vexed at our government and the souring relations with the States.’
    • ‘She gets increasingly vexed by Les who insists she say particularly silly things over the airwaves.’
    • ‘She'd given him no instructions just as the stresses of his situation began to vex him.’
    • ‘There is something about this musical distinction that vexes me, but for the sake of the argument I'd say upbeat rock 'n' roll.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘As a social activist, she was vexed by the invisibility of significant sections of the community - the homeless, the overweight and the elderly.’
    • ‘The question that has long vexed evolutionary biologists is whether these ornaments actually tell you anything about the genetic health of a male.’
    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

/vɛks//veks/