provoking

[ pruh-voh-king ]
/ prəˈvoʊ kɪŋ /

adjective

serving to provoke; causing annoyance.

Nearby words

  1. provocate,
  2. provocateur,
  3. provocation,
  4. provocative,
  5. provoke,
  6. provolone,
  7. provost,
  8. provost court,
  9. provost guard,
  10. provost marshal

Origin of provoking

First recorded in 1520–30; provoke + -ing2

Related formspro·vok·ing·ly, adverbun·pro·vok·ing, adjectiveun·pro·vok·ing·ly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unprovokingly

provoking

adj.

1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.

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