pes·​ky | \ ˈpe-skē How to pronounce pesky (audio) \
peskier; peskiest

Definition of pesky

: troublesome, vexatious pesky issues

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Examples of pesky in a Sentence

I've been trying to get rid of this pesky cold for weeks. the pesky problem of what to do with all the leftovers
Recent Examples on the Web The higher your frame rate climbs, the smoother and more responsive your game gets, and pesky problems like tearing and ghosting melt away. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's face-melting G-Sync Esports Displays hit a blistering 360Hz," 6 Jan. 2020 Thus the pesky problem of uncontrolled federal spending is disposed of until after the 2020 election, freeing our leaders to focus on more pressing issues, and of course tweet about them. Dave Barry, Washington Post, "Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 The Bills have been pesky all season, and remain firmly entrenched in the No., "The Cowboys’ struggles under Garrett are where we start the Week 12 review:," 26 Nov. 2019 But the Jayhawks have been pesky, most recently in Saturday's 41-31 loss to surging Iowa State. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from Week 13 in college football led by Ohio State, Texas, Baylor," 24 Nov. 2019 Just pour a little of the spirit into a spray bottle and say goodbye to the pesky odors sticking to your furniture, clothes and shoes. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "DeKor, NYC's Chicest New Home Store, Used to Be a Leaky Basement," 12 Dec. 2019 Basically, being an adult is hard and after star Devon Werkheiser threw out the idea on Twitter recently about reviving the series, fans popped up like the show's pesky weasel and demanded an updated show be made about how to survive your 20s. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Could a Ned's Declassified Revival Actually Happen? Ned Bigby Weighs In," 5 Dec. 2019 Now the justices must decide who was right in this matter and what to do with that pesky rule, a decision which could affect hundreds of millions of dollars in tax refunds annually and how contracts are drafted nationwide. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Justices stumped in SCOTUS tax refund case with “massive economic significance”," 4 Dec. 2019 There’s no respite for Indian mobile phone users from spam calls and pesky messages. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Indians receive around 26 spam calls a month—mostly from telcos," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pesky

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pesky

probably irregular from pest + -y entry 1

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The first known use of pesky was in 1775

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pesky.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pesky

US, informal : making someone annoyed or irritated


pes·​ky | \ ˈpe-skē How to pronounce pesky (audio) \
peskier; peskiest

Kids Definition of pesky

: troublesome sense 1 pesky ants

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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