vex

[ 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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM vex

vexer, nounvex·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for vex

vex
/ (vɛks) /

verb (tr)

to anger or annoy
to confuse; worry
archaic to agitate

Derived forms of vex

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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