from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To annoy, as with petty importunities; bother. See Synonyms at annoy.
- transitive v. To cause perplexity in; puzzle.
- transitive v. To bring distress or suffering to; plague or afflict.
- transitive v. To debate or discuss (a question, for example) at length.
- transitive v. To toss about or shake up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To trouble aggressively, to harass.
- v. To annoy, irritate.
- v. To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress.
- v. To twist, to weave.
- v. To be irritated; to fret.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.
- transitive v. To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to trouble; to tease.
- transitive v. To twist; to weave.
- intransitive v. To be irritated; to fret.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make angry by little provocations; excite slight anger or displeasure in; trouble by petty or light annoyances; irritate; tease; fret; plague; annoy; harass.
- To make sorrowful; grieve; afflict; distress.
- To agitate; disturb; overturn or throw into commotion; hence, to dispute; contest; cause to be discussed: in this sense chiefly used in the past participle: as, a vexed (much discussed but unsettled) question.
- Synonyms Annoy, Plague, etc. (see tease), provoke, gall, chafe. To disquiet.
- To fret; be teased or irritated; feel annoyed, angry, or distressed.
- n. A trouble; a vexation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
- v. subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
- v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
- v. change the arrangement or position of
- v. be a mystery or bewildering to
Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vēxāre ("disturb, agitate"). Replaced native Middle English grillen ("to vex, annoy") from Old English grillan. (Wiktionary)