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trying

[ trahy-ing ]
/ ˈtraɪ ɪŋ /
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adjective
extremely annoying, difficult, or the like; straining one's patience and goodwill to the limit: a trying day; a trying experience.
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Origin of trying

1570–80 for general sense; 1710–20 for current sense; try + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM trying

try·ing·ly, adverbtry·ing·ness, nounun·try·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trying

trying
/ (ˈtraɪɪŋ) /

adjective
upsetting, difficult, or annoyinga trying day at the office

Derived forms of trying

tryingly, adverbtryingness, noun
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