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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vexing mean? 

VEXING (adjective)
  The adjective VEXING has 2 senses:

1. extremely annoying or displeasing
2. causing irritation or annoyance

  Familiarity information: VEXING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

VEXING (adjective)

Sense 1vexing [BACK TO TOP]


Extremely annoying or displeasing


exasperating; infuriating; maddening; vexing

Context examples:

his cavelier curtness of manner was exasperating / I've had an exasperating day / her infuriating indifference / the ceaseless tumult of the jukebox was maddening


displeasing (causing displeasure or lacking pleasing qualities)

Sense 2vexing [BACK TO TOP]


Causing irritation or annoyance


annoying; vexatious; pestering; pesky; nettlesome; irritating; galling; bothersome; plaguy; vexing; plaguey; teasing; pestiferous

Context examples:

tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork / aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport / found it galling to have to ask permission / an irritating delay / nettlesome paperwork / a pesky mosquito / swarms of pestering gnats / a plaguey newfangled safety catch / a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him / a vexatious child / it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong


disagreeable (not to your liking)

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