If something vexes you, it brings you trouble or difficulty. In other words, it annoys, worries, distresses, irritates, bothers, or puzzles you.

  • Pronunciation: / vɛks/
  • English description: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • Synonyms: irritate
  • Chinese Translation:  使恼怒(shi3 nao3 nu4)
  • Spanish Translation: fastidiar
  • ORIGIN: Vex can be used as an adjective: for example, a vexing issue is not easily solved. The verb vex, the corresponding adjective vexatious, and the noun vexation are all slightly old-fashioned though still in current use. Vex descends from Middle English vexen, from Middle French vexer, from Latin vexare "to shake, attack, trouble."


  • Still, two interesting—and vexing—issues for the technology industry, and for the politicians who regulate it, emerged in the debate.
  • The season has been vexing for both because of the way their teams have struggled.

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