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pester

[ pes-ter ]SEE DEFINITION OF pester

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PESTER

Williams has been complainin' to the selectmen and they're beginnin' to pester me.

So long as they think she's got a cent comin' to her they'll pester her in every way they can, I believe.

You must not think, because I pester you not with questions, I have no curiosity.

I blurted out "What is he that he should pester his betters with his attentions?"

Do you want me to pester every office in the government with new inquiries?

The modern meaning of pester is due to a wrong association with pest.

Any dogs that can trace the elephant and pester him with their barring would do.

“Will you go away, and not pester me,” cried Jack, turning upon him fiercely.

What right had she to pester him with questions like that in his own house?

The thrush did not pester the rose with his protestations of love.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "to clog, entangle, encumber," probably a shortening of Middle French empestrer "place in an embarrassing situation" (Modern French empêtrer, Walloon epasturer), from Vulgar Latin *impastoriare "to hobble" (an animal), from Latin im- "in" + Medieval Latin pastoria (chorda) "(rope) to hobble an animal," from Latin pastoria, fem. of pastorius "of a herdsman," from pastor "herdsman" (see pastor (n.)). Sense of "annoy, trouble" (1560s) is from influence of pest. Related: Pestered; pestering.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PESTER

troubling

verbbother, worry

vex

verbdistress, bother
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