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pester

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verb pes·ter \ˈpes-tər\

Simple Definition of pester

  • : to annoy or bother (someone) in a repeated way

Full Definition of pester

pes·teredpes·ter·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  overcrowd

  3. 2 :  to harass with petty irritations :  annoy

Examples of pester

  1. Leave me alone! Stop pestering me!

  2. <one resident pestered the condo board about every little thing>



Origin of pester

modification of Middle French empestrer to hobble, embarrass, from Vulgar Latin *impastoriare, from Latin in- + Late Latin pastoria tether — more at pastern


First Known Use: 1533

Synonym Discussion of pester

worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation <pursued a policy of worrying the enemy>. annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks <you're doing that just to annoy me>. harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power <harassed on all sides by creditors>. harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment <the strikers had been harried by thugs>. plague implies a painful and persistent affliction <plagued all her life by poverty>. pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks <constantly pestered with trivial complaints>. tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath <children teased the dog>.

PESTER Defined for Kids

pester

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verb pes·ter \ˈpe-stər\

Definition of pester

pes·teredpes·ter·ing

  1. :  to bother again and again





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