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  Definition of Vex
  1. 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"
  2. subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation; "vex the subject of the death penalty"
  3. change the arrangement or position of
  4. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter''s health is worrying me"
  5. 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"
Similar Words: perplex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound, agitate, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up, worry, annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, chafe, devil

 

See Also: puzzle over, solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work

 

Hyponyms: stump, mix up, riddle, elude, escape, beat, scramble, toss, roil, rile, poke, misgive, eat, eat on, nag, get, get under one's skin, eat into, fret, rankle, grate, peeve, ruffle, harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke, antagonize, antagonise

 

Grouped Verbs: worry, chafe

 

Derivational Morphology: stupefaction, bewilderment, obfuscation, puzzlement, befuddlement, mystification, bafflement, bemusement, poser, stumper, toughie, sticker, puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaser, mystery, enigma, secret, closed book, concern, worry, headache, vexation, badgering, worrying, torment, bedevilment, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan, irritation, annoyance, botheration, annoying, tease, annoyer, vexer, pique, temper, aggravation, provocation, irritant, thorn, bother, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass

 

 
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