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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vexed mean? 

VEXED (adjective)
  The adjective VEXED has 2 senses:

1. troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
2. causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed

  Familiarity information: VEXED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

VEXED (adjective)

Sense 1vexed [BACK TO TOP]


Troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances


harassed; harried; pestered; vexed; annoyed

Context examples:

harassed working mothers / a harried expression / her poor pestered father had to endure her constant interruptions / the vexed parents of an unruly teenager


troubled (characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need)

Sense 2vexed [BACK TO TOP]


Causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed

Context examples:

the vexed issue of priorities / we live in vexed and troubled times


difficult; hard (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure)

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