- irritated; annoyed: vexed at the slow salesclerks.
- much discussed or disputed: a vexed question.
- tossed about, as waves.
Origin of vexed
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Examples from the Web for unvexed
I have given no small attention to that not unvexed subject, the skin of the whale.Moby Dick; or The Whale
Else why not repose in quiet, unvexed by Preparations for War?Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 1 (of 20)
It was like gazing down from some headland into a silent, unvexed sea.My Lady of the North
The shores were once more a clear picture, greener than ever and unvexed by the wind.Gideon's Band
George W. Cable
He had lived simply, independently, and unvexed by ambition.Roads of Destiny
- annoyed, confused, or agitated
- much debated and discussed (esp in the phrase a vexed question)
Word Origin and History for unvexed
mid-15c., past participle adjective from vex. Phrase vexed question attested from 1848.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper