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.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 151:
      I will not again vex her ear with words of love, however true, however deep: ours is an evil destiny, and we may not control it!
  4. (transitive, rare) To twist, to weave.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To be irritated; to fret.
    • 1613, George Chapman, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois
      Wake when thou would'st wake, fear nought, vex for nought
  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.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

vex

  1. Alternative form of wax (wax)

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Verb[edit]

vex

  1. Alternative form of vexen