1. Annoyed; harassed; troubled.
2. Much debated or contested; causing discussion; as, a vexed question.
Vex v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vexed p. pr. & vb. n. Vexing.]
1. To toss 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.”
Ten thousand torments vex my heart. --Prior.
3. To twist; to weave. [R.]
Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom. --Dryden.
Syn: -- See Tease.
adj 1: troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances;
"harassed working mothers"; "a harried expression";
"her poor pestered father had to endure her constant
interruptions"; "the vexed parents of an unruly
teenager" [syn: annoyed, harassed, harried, pestered]
2: causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much
disputed; "the vexed issue of priorities"; "we live in
vexed and troubled times"