If something vexes you, it brings you trouble or difficulty. In other words, it annoys, worries, distresses, irritates, bothers, or puzzles you.
Vex can be used as an adjective: for example, a vexing issue is not easily solved. The verb vex, the corresponding adjective vexatious, and the noun vexation are all slightly old-fashioned though still in current use. Vex descends from Middle English vexen, from Middle French vexer, from Latin vexare "to shake, attack, trouble."
v cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
feel extreme irritation or anger
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get, get under one's skin
eat into, fret, grate, rankle
gnaw into; make resentful or angry
cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
trouble or vex
cause annoyance in
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically
provoke the hostility of
goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
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give displeasure to
v disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
suggest fear or doubt
eat, eat on
worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
v be a mystery or bewildering to
- amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy
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mix up, stump
cause to be perplexed or confounded
set a difficult problem or riddle
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
defy, refuse, resist
elude, especially in a baffling way
v change the arrangement or position of
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make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
stir by poking
put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
whip with or as if with a wire whisk
make creamy by beating
make into a puddle