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

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And while the humid summer months typically warrant pesky breakouts, flare ups are possible—and prevalent—even when the wind chill dips. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Pro's Guide To Making a Blemish Vanish...Fast," 28 Nov. 2018 Hollier said the final list is still in the works—but still reject pesky news and social feeds. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "The Beyond-Basic Phone that Made an Exec’s Life Better," 22 Feb. 2019 King must face a pesky Muskego team in the other sectional semifinal. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek breezes past Franklin to reach sectional, and matchup with old nemesis remains possible," 27 Feb. 2018 Use an antioxidant-rich daily serum to help brighten skin's appearance all over, including those pesky marks. Alexandra Engler, Marie Claire, "From Topical Treatments to Lasers, Your Complete Guide to Treating Dark Spots," 7 Mar. 2017 The Huskies had to work for it as pesky Buffalo rallied from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to get within eight in the fourth before the Huskies won by 12. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Half the Sweet 16 is set in women’s NCAA Tournament," 25 Mar. 2019 But, even with the couple ditching the after show party together, as well as the photographic proof of a friendship between the two women, everyone is still focusing on those pesky love triangle rumors. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Bradley Cooper's Ex-Wife Posted a Cryptic Response to His Relationship With Lady Gaga," 26 Feb. 2019 Part of the exercise involved evaluating counter-drone weapon systems designed to keep the pesky, often improvised weapons at arm’s length. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Microwave and Laser Weapons Knock Drones Out of the Sky," 26 Mar. 2018 By Douglas Rushkoff Norton, 243 pages, $23.95 The book, indeed, rarely pauses to consider pesky counterexamples to such grand claims. Steven Poole, WSJ, "‘Team Human’ Review: Users of the World, Unite!," 25 Jan. 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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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