What does vex mean?

Definitions for vexvɛks

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vex.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

  2. worry, vex(verb)

    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress

    "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"

  3. agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up(verb)

    change the arrangement or position of

  4. vex(verb)

    subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation

    "vex the subject of the death penalty"

  5. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound(verb)

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"


  1. vex(Verb)

    To trouble aggressively, to harass.

  2. vex(Verb)

    To annoy, irritate.

    Billy's professor was vexed by his continued failure to improve his grades.

  3. vex(Verb)

    To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress.

  4. vex(Verb)

    To twist, to weave.

  5. Origin: From vexen, from vexer, from vexare. Replaced native grillen from grillan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vex(verb)

    to to/s back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet

  2. Vex(verb)

    to make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to trouble; to tease

  3. Vex(verb)

    to twist; to weave

  4. Vex(verb)

    to be irritated; to fret

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vex

    veks, v.t. to harass: to torment: to irritate by small provocations: to agitate: to contest.—v.i. (obs.) to be vexed.—n. (Scot.) a trouble.—n. Vexā′tion, a vexing: state of being vexed: trouble: a teasing annoyance: uneasiness.—adj. Vexā′tious, causing vexation or annoyance: harassing: full of trouble.—adv. Vexā′tiously.—n. Vexā′tiousness.—adj. Vexed, amazed.—n. Vex′er.—adj. Vex′ing.—adv. Vex′ingly, so as to vex or annoy.—n. Vex′ingness.—Vexatious suit (law), a suit begun without justifiable cause. [Fr. vexer—L. vexāre, to shake, annoy—vehĕre. to carry.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vex in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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