[ pruh-voh-king ]
/ prəˈvoʊ kɪŋ /
serving to provoke; causing annoyance.
- provost court,
- provost guard,
- provost marshal
Origin of provoking
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper