Definition of vex in 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’
    • ‘However, many of us were vexed at our government and the souring relations with the States.’
    • ‘As a social activist, she was vexed by the invisibility of significant sections of the community - the homeless, the overweight and the elderly.’
    • ‘And his equanimity didn't help matters, especially when she was vexed at him.’
    • ‘What vexed me enough that all those details would matter, however, was the film's treatment of women.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Yesterday, he was vexed and frustrated as the weekend's fatalities ensured a flood of calls from journalists.’
    • ‘Times and editors change, and now instead of letters, the magazine chooses to vex their readers by not offering indices of back issues online.’
    • ‘As a Yorkshire born Aussie, the question of Scottish antipathy to the English has vexed me often.’
    • ‘The debate about private car use in York has vexed York's politicians and transport planners for decades.’
    • ‘Simultaneous translation is provided, but Donald Dewar is among the members vexed by the technology and his grimace is captured by photographers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The question that has long vexed evolutionary biologists is whether these ornaments actually tell you anything about the genetic health of a male.’
    • ‘I'm slightly vexed to find that walking is restricted to footpaths during the grouse nesting season (May to August).’
    • ‘If the Declaration inspires us with lofty ideals, the Constitution vexes us with questions of interpretation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is something about this musical distinction that vexes me, but for the sake of the argument I'd say upbeat rock 'n' roll.’
    • ‘She'd given him no instructions just as the stresses of his situation began to vex him.’
    • ‘Yes, it's sad that we are still vexed by the very same issues.’
    • ‘I think I'll ask her this question that is vexing me so.’
    • ‘She gets increasingly vexed by Les who insists she say particularly silly things over the airwaves.’
    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. 1.1West Indian no object Be annoyed, irritated, or unhappy.
      ‘I wouldn't vex; it will be just great if whoever borrow the pump, just bring it back’
      • ‘I also vex that I missin the T & T USA game, but I'll be watching that at a bar on Wednesday.’
      • ‘I just get so vex with the phone for stealing my quarters so I leave.’
      • ‘Well, vex or not, Pebbles and I shopped for about 7 hours or more, at the end of which I found myself with 4 pairs of pants and $56 less in my account.’
      • ‘‘I was just so vex because they took all my gold, so I ran after them and Tim came out bleeding, running,’ she said.’
    2. 1.2archaic 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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adjective

West Indian
  • Angry; annoyed.

    ‘I ain't vex with you’
    • ‘Then the child comes along and they are vex because they can't go hiking, partying, vacationing like before because baby is here.’
    • ‘All week leading up to the test match I was vex, fuming, I had it up to here.’
    • ‘Somehow and I was close enough to hear the whole conversation so nothing the young lady said was offensive in either content or manner spoken, the owner just was vex from the word go.’
    • ‘You know you really getting me kind of vex; here it is you are relaxing in your swivel chair, one finger on your lips staring at the ceiling… don't you have any compassion for this embattled lady?’
    • ‘So, I was a get vex to rass’ cause I thought that it would have started by then on the TV.’
    annoyed, irritated, angry, irate, furious, incensed, inflamed, enraged, infuriated, maddened, fuming, wrathful, choleric, exasperated, piqued, irked, nettled, ill-humoured, hot-tempered, testy, cross, in a bad mood, in a temper, in high dudgeon, huffy, in a huff, put out, fed up, disgruntled, displeased, dissatisfied, frustrated, resentful
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

vex

/vɛks/