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vexed

[vekst] /vɛkst/
adjective
1.
irritated; annoyed:
vexed at the slow salesclerks.
2.
much discussed or disputed:
a vexed question.
3.
tossed about, as waves.
Origin of vexed
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at vex, -ed2
Related forms
vexedly
[vek-sid-lee] /ˈvɛk sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
vexedness, noun
half-vexed, adjective
unvexed, adjective

vex

[veks] /vɛks/
verb (used with object)
1.
to irritate; annoy; provoke:
His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
2.
to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry:
Lack of money vexes many.
3.
to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length:
to vex a question endlessly without agreeing.
4.
to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
5.
to afflict with physical pain.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English vexen < Old French vexer < Latin vexāre to shake, jolt, harass, annoy, frequentative of vehere to carry, convey
Related forms
vexer, noun
vexingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. anger, irk, fret, nettle. 2. hector, harry, harass.
Antonyms
1. delight.
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  • Master was vexed and anxious—almost angry, and yet full of solicitude.

    To be Read at Dusk Charles Dickens
  • "Mother, don't be vexed with a fellow," he said more gently.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He was not vexed that he had made her cry, but vexed that she cried.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Don't be vexed at what I say; I know you advise for my good; but you do not know how I feel in this matter.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • He was vexed with the young volunteer and vexed with himself.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She had been vexed by Ned's admiration for me; and yet—and yet she didn't understand.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • He was the Cacique of the Sun and he was vexed because he had not been called earlier.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • For he was vexed at the scratches he had got in the struggle.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • I was vexed and puzzled, and distressed, too, after sending John away as I had done.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for vexed

vexed

/vɛkst/
adjective
1.
annoyed, confused, or agitated
2.
much debated and discussed (esp in the phrase a vexed question)
Derived Forms
vexedly (ˈvɛksɪdlɪ) adverb
vexedness, noun

vex

/vɛks/
verb (transitive)
1.
to anger or annoy
2.
to confuse; worry
3.
(archaic) to agitate
Derived Forms
vexer, noun
vexing, adjective
vexingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre to jolt (in carrying), from vehere to convey
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Word Origin and History for vexed
adj.

mid-15c., past participle adjective from vex. Phrase vexed question attested from 1848.

vex

v.

early 15c., from Middle French vexer, from Latin vexare "to attack, harass, trouble," from vexus, collateral form of vectus, past participle of vehere "to draw, carry" (see vehicle). Related: Vexed; vexing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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