1. [ verb ] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations
Synonyms: bother annoy irritate nark gravel get_at chafe nettle rile devil get_to rag

: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

Related terms: displease harass antagonize ruffle torment get grate peeve fret chafe botheration mischief annoyance pique tease irritant aggravation annoyance
2. [ verb ] change the arrangement or position of
Synonyms: disturb raise_up stir_up shake_up commove agitate
Related terms: move stir beat poke roil
3. [ verb ] subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation

"vex the subject of the death penalty"

Related terms: debate
4. [ verb ] disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
Synonyms: worry

"I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"

Related terms: reassure perturb eat nag misgive worry badgering worry
5. [ verb ] be a mystery or bewildering to
Synonyms: puzzle bewilder baffle mystify amaze pose stupefy flummox nonplus stupify get gravel trounce dumbfound beat stick perplex

"This beats me!" "Got me--I don't know the answer!" "a vexing problem" "This question really stuck me"

Related terms: confuse stagger elude riddle stump solve puzzle_over mystery bewilderment mystification mystification stupefaction puzzle
Similar spelling:   Vess