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pest

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noun \ˈpest\

Simple Definition of pest

  • : an animal or insect that causes problems for people especially by damaging crops

  • : a person who bothers or annoys other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pest

  1. 1 :  an epidemic disease associated with high mortality; specifically :  plague

  2. 2 :  something resembling a pest in destructiveness; especially :  a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns (as agriculture or livestock production)

  3. 3 :  one that pesters or annoys :  nuisance

pesty play \ˈpes-tē\ adjective

Examples of pest in a sentence

  1. These insects are pests for farmers.

  2. mice and other household pests

  3. You're being a real pest. Would you leave us alone, please?



Origin of pest

Middle French peste, from Latin pestis


First Known Use: 1513


PEST Defined for Kids

pest

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noun \ˈpest\

Definition of pest for Students

  1. 1 :  nuisance <… Kirsti was such a pest, always butting in. — Lois Lowry, Number the Stars>

  2. 2 :  a plant or animal that is harmful to humans or property

  3. 3 :  pestilence




Medical Dictionary

pest

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noun \ˈpest\

Medical Definition of pest

  1. 1:  an epidemic disease associated with high mortality; specifically :  plague 2

  2. 2:  something resembling a pest in destructiveness; especially :  a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns

pesty \ˈpes-tē\play adjective




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