[ vekst ]
/ vɛkst /


irritated; annoyed: vexed at the slow salesclerks.
much discussed or disputed: a vexed question.
tossed about, as waves.

Origin of vexed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at vex, -ed2

Related forms

vex·ed·ly [vek-sid-lee] /ˈvɛk sɪd li/, adverbvex·ed·ness, nounhalf-vexed, adjectiveun·vexed, adjective

Definition for vexed (2 of 2)


[ veks ]
/ vɛks /

verb (used with object)

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

1375–1425; late Middle English vexen < Old French vexer < Latin vexāre to shake, jolt, harass, annoy, frequentative of vehere to carry, convey

Related forms

vex·er, nounvex·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vexed (1 of 2)


/ (vɛkst) /


annoyed, confused, or agitated
much debated and discussed (esp in the phrase a vexed question)

Derived Forms

vexedly (ˈvɛksɪdlɪ), adverbvexedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for vexed (2 of 2)


/ (vɛks) /

verb (tr)

to anger or annoy
to confuse; worry
archaic to agitate

Derived Forms

vexer, nounvexing, adjectivevexingly, adverb

Word Origin for vex

C15: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre to jolt (in carrying), from vehere to convey
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