verb pes·ter \ˈpes-tər\

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

pes·teredpes·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of PESTER

transitive verb
obsolete :  overcrowd
:  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


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