[ pruh-voh-king ]
/ prəˈvoʊ kɪŋ /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for unprovokingly



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