1. To tos back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet. "White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars." (Pope)

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." "Then thousand torments vex my heart." (Prior)

3. To twist; to weave. "Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom." (Dryden)

Synonyms: See Tease.

Origin: F. Vexer, L. Vexare, vexatum, to vex, originally, to shake, toss, in carrying, v. Intens. Fr. Vehere, vectum, to carry. See Vehicle.

(01 Mar 1998)

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