vex

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vēxāre (disturb, agitate, annoy). Displaced native Middle English grillen (to vex, annoy) from Old English grillan. Doublet of quake.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: vĕks, IPA(key): /vɛks/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛks

Verb[edit]

vex (third-person singular simple present vexes, present participle vexing, simple past and past participle vexed or (archaic) vext)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To trouble aggressively, to harass.
  2. (transitive) To annoy, irritate.
    Billy's professor was vexed by his continued failure to improve his grades.
  3. (transitive) To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress.
  4. (transitive, rare) To twist, to weave.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To be irritated; to fret.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
  6. (transitive) To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.

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Noun[edit]

vex (plural vexes)

  1. (Scotland, obsolete) A trouble.

References[edit]

  • vex” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.

Middle English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

vex

  1. Alternative form of wax (wax)

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Verb[edit]

vex

  1. Alternative form of vexen