• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vexatious causing irritation or annoyance "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork","aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport","found it galling to have to ask permission","an irritating delay","nettlesome paperwork","a pesky mosquito","swarms of pestering gnats","a plaguey newfangled safety catch","a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him","a vexatious child","it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vexatious Causing vexation; agitating; afflictive; annoying; as, a vexatious controversy; a vexatious neighbor. "Continual vexatious wars."
    • Vexatious Full of vexation, trouble, or disquiet; disturbed. "He leads a vexatious life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vexatious Causing vexation, annoyance, trouble, or the like; teasing; annoying; troublesome: as, a vexatious neighbor; a vexatious circumstance.
    • vexatious Full of trouble or disquiet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vexatious causing vexation or annoyance: harassing: full of trouble
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Vexation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. vexer—L. vexāre, to shake, annoy—vehĕre. to carry.


In literature:

This detention was extremely vexatious, as we were losing a fair wind, and expending our provision.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 2" by John Franklin
She resolved to put away every vexatious thought and enjoy the frolic with all her might.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
Vexatious processes are not undertaken just now for very obvious reasons.
"Disturbed Ireland" by Bernard H. Becker
The vexatious calm lasted for two days.
"At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe and J. Finnemore
In short, from these vexatious methods of warfare the English reaped nothing but disappointment and disgrace.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
The whole thing was so vexatious that even Mr. Vavasor was disturbed by it.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
It was vexatious enough in the first place, but this is painful to us all.
"Louis' School Days" by E. J. May
Long watching, deep study, and vexatious encounters with the evil ones so exhausted him that he fell into a disturbed sleep.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
To lose a wife, who barely had been a wife; one so beautiful, so strong; this was extremely vexatious.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
This is the most vexatious business that ever occurred to us.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

And I hope heaven will be
Mr James Sctymgeour's reward;
For his struggles on behalf of the poor
Are really vexatious and hard.
"To Mr James Scrymgeour, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

That complaint itself has become as vexatious as the coffee company's ubiquitous signage (in Freight Sans Black, for you typeface freaks) on strip malls far and wide.
RIAA Decries Attorney-Blogger as ' Vexatious ' Litigator.
The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a " vexatious " litigator.

In science:

The distinctive feature of the Prelle-Singer type of methods is that (except some relatively simple cases) we are not able theoretically define a degree bounds for polynomials of the structures of integrating factors, so we can not miss vexatious second step.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
For many years, some of the most vexatious open problems of quantum information theory have concerned maximum output p-norms of quantum channels.
Weak multiplicativity for random quantum channels