from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To irritate, bother, or frustrate: synonym: annoy.
- transitive verb To cause perplexity in; baffle.
- transitive verb To cause difficulty or trouble to.
- transitive verb To cause pain or physical distress to; afflict.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A trouble; a vexation.
- To make angry by little provocations; excite slight anger or displeasure in; trouble by petty or light annoyances; irritate; tease; fret; plague; annoy; harass.
- To make sorrowful; grieve; afflict; distress.
- To agitate; disturb; overturn or throw into commotion; hence, to dispute; contest; cause to be discussed: in this sense chiefly used in the past participle: as, a vexed (much discussed but unsettled) question.
- Synonyms Annoy, Plague, etc. (see
tease), provoke, gall, chafe. To disquiet.
- To fret; be teased or irritated; feel annoyed, angry, or distressed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb rare To be irritated; to fret.
- transitive verb To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.
- transitive verb To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to trouble; to tease.
- transitive verb rare To twist; to weave.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To
troubleaggressively, to harass.
- verb transitive To
- verb transitive To cause (mental) suffering to; to
- verb transitive, rare To
twist, to weave.
- verb intransitive, obsolete To be irritated; to
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
- verb subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
- verb cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
- verb change the arrangement or position of
- verb be a mystery or bewildering to
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The word vex with us means to provoke, irritate, by petty provocations.
For she held that a greater power than Setebos had made the world, leaving Setebos merely to "vex" it; while he contends that whoever made the world and its weakness, did so for the pleasure of vexing it himself; and that this greater power, the "Quiet," if it really exists, is above pain or pleasure, and had no motive for such a proceeding.
"vex," therefore, is the heightening of grieving by a provocation unto anger and indignation: which sense is suited to the place and matter treated of, though the word signify no more but to "grieve;" and so it is rendered by lupeo, Gen. xlv.
Such conundrums will vex analysts long into the future.
That will really vex me when I publish in book form.
Advice for the day: do not vex EVIL SORCEROUS QUEENS.
No more does his infernal laugh go echoing among the hills, and no more does his fat moon-face rise up to vex me.
The retention of Interior Minister Mansour al Essawy, seen by some as embodying the previous regime, is likely to further vex demonstrators and diminish the intended impact of Mr. Sharaf's cabinet shake-up.
There seemed no flies to vex him and he was languid with rest.
Only those fools who cleave to the dread phrase "living in the moment" can avoid the waves or pin-pricks – it's a personality thing of unease that vex most of us.