1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Similar word(s): annoy, bother, chafe, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile

Definition categories: emotion, displease

2. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress

Similar word(s): worry

Definition categories: emotion, cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge

3. change the arrangement or position of

Similar word(s): agitate, commove, disturb

Definition categories: contact, displace, move

4. subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation

- vex the subject of the death penalty

Definition categories: communication, debate, deliberate

5. be a mystery or bewildering to

- a vexing problem

Similar word(s): amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy

Definition categories: cognition, bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw

Sentences with vex as a verb:

- Billy's professor was vexed by his continued failure to improve his grades.