See also: VEX

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

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

VerbEdit

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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NounEdit

vex (plural vexes)

  1. (Scotland, obsolete) A trouble.

ReferencesEdit

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

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

vex

  1. Alternative form of wax (wax)

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

vex

  1. Alternative form of vexen