pes·​ky ˈpe-skē How to pronounce pesky (audio)
peskier; peskiest
: troublesome, vexatious
pesky issues

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
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Word History


probably irregular from pest + -y entry 1

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pesky was in 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Pesky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


pes·​ky ˈpes-kē How to pronounce pesky (audio)
peskier; peskiest

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