Definitions for: Vex


[v] be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"
[v] subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation; "vex the subject of the death penalty"
[v] change the arrangement or position of
[v] disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
[v] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"



Webster (1913) Definition: Vex, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vexed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Vexing.] [F. vexer, L. vexare, vexatum, to vex, originally,
to shake, toss, in carrying, v. intens. fr. vehere, vectum,
to carry. See Vehicle.]
1. To to?s back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.

White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars.
--Pope.

2. To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to
irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to
trouble; to tease. ``I will not vex your souls.'' --Shak.

Then thousand torments vex my heart. --Prior.

3. To twist; to weave. [R.]

Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom.
--Dryden.

Syn: See Tease.


Vex, v. i.
To be irritated; to fret. [R.] --Chapman.

Synonyms: agitate, amaze, annoy, baffle, beat, bewilder, bother, chafe, commove, devil, disturb, dumbfound, flummox, get, get at, get to, gravel, gravel, irritate, mystify, nark, nettle, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, rag, raise up, rile, shake up, stir up, stupefy, worry

Antonyms: assure, reassure

See Also: antagonise, antagonize, beat, bedevil, befuddle, beset, cark, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, confound, confuse, debate, deliberate, discombobulate, disorder, displace, displease, disquiet, distract, eat, eat into, eat on, elude, escape, figure out, fox, fret, fuddle, get, grate, harass, harry, hassle, lick, misgive, mix up, molest, move, nag, peeve, perturb, plague, poke, provoke, puzzle out, puzzle over, rankle, riddle, rile, roil, ruffle, scramble, solve, stagger, stump, throw, toss, trouble, unhinge, work, work out

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