[ veks ]
See synonyms for: vexvexedvexesvexing on

verb (used with object)
  1. to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him.

  2. to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money vexes many.Her arthritis vexed her all night.

  1. to confuse or bewilder; confound: The formula vexes most of our students at first.

  2. to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length: They vexed the question endlessly without agreeing.

  3. to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.

Origin of vex

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre “to shake, jolt, harass, annoy,” frequentative of vehere “to carry, convey”

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Opposites for vex

Other words from vex

  • vex·er, noun
  • vex·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vex in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vex


/ (vɛks) /

  1. to anger or annoy

  2. to confuse; worry

  1. archaic to agitate

Origin of vex

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

Derived forms of vex

  • vexer, noun
  • vexing, adjective
  • vexingly, adverb

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