- to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
- to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money vexes many.
- to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length: to vex a question endlessly without agreeing.
- to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
- to afflict with physical pain.
Origin of vex
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Antonyms for vex
Related Words for vexannoy, disturb, perplex, exasperate, displease, peeve, infuriate, disquiet, irritate, offend, rile, irk, torment, agitate, gall, embarrass, afflict, pique, hassle, anger
Examples from the Web for vex
Contemporary Examples of vex
The title of the Donne poem is “Oh, to Vex Me, Contraries Meet as One.”Cynthia Nixon on Bisexuality & Her New Role in ‘Wit’
January 24, 2012
Please torment, harass, vex, heckle, and badger those two blockheads until they honor their commitments to my defense fund.John Grisham's Debut Short Story
October 26, 2009
Historical Examples of vex
“Vex not thyself,” said the old dame, as she saw him struggling with his sobs.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
"Nay, you cannot vex me," he answered, all warm again at the very sight of her.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She is a very good woman—very; but it's prudent not to vex her.Night and Morning, Complete
All this was the readier told me, because it was against me, and would tease and vex me.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The chance was lost; but why should it vex her,—what was he to her?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- to anger or annoy
- to confuse; worry
- archaic to agitate