Vexed Vexed, a. 1. Annoyed; harassed; troubled. [1913 Webster]

2. Much debated or contested; causing discussion; as, a vexed question. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • vexed — [vekst] adj 1.) vexed question/issue/problem etc a complicated problem that has caused a lot of discussion and argument and is difficult to solve vexed question/issue/problem etc of ▪ the vexed question of sexism 2.) [+ at/with] old fashioned… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vexed — [ vekst ] adjective 1. ) full of difficulties: PROBLEMATIC: the vexed question of the national minimum wage 2. ) OLD FASHIONED annoyed, confused, or worried …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • vexed — (adj.) mid 15c., pp. adjective from VEX (Cf. vex). Phrase vexed question attested from 1848 …   Etymology dictionary

  • vexed — index aggrieved (harmed), bitter (reproachful) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vexed — ► ADJECTIVE 1) difficult and much debated; problematic. 2) annoyed or worried …   English terms dictionary

  • vexed — adj. (formal) 1) deeply vexed 2) vexed about, at, with (we were vexed at the mix up) 3) vexed to + inf. (they were vexed to learn of the delay) * * * at with (we were vexed at the mix up) (formal) deeply vexed vexed about vexed to + inf. (they… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Vexed — Vex Vex, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vexed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vexing}.] [F. vexer, L. vexare, vexatum, to vex, originally, to shake, toss, in carrying, v. intens. fr. vehere, vectum, to carry. See {Vehicle}.] 1. To to?s back and forth; to agitate; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vexed — [[t]ve̱kst[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A vexed problem or question is very difficult and causes people a lot of trouble. → See also vex European Community ministers have begun work on the vexed issue of economic union... Later Mr Moi raised the… …   English dictionary

  • vexed — vexedly /vek sid lee/, adv. vexedness, n. /vekst/, adj. 1. irritated; annoyed: vexed at the slow salesclerks. 2. much discussed or disputed: a vexed question. 3. tossed about, as waves. [1400 50; late ME; see VEX, ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • vexed — adjective /ˈvɛkst/ a) annoyed, irritated or distressed She became more and more vexed as she struggled to cope with the demands of the job. b) much debated, discussed or disputed the vexed question of whether or not to kiss on a first date …   Wiktionary

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