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 disquiet. [1913 Webster]

White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to trouble; to tease. ``I will not vex your souls.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Then thousand torments vex my heart. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. To twist; to weave. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Tease}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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