pes·​ky | \ˈpe-skē \
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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By precisely controlling the tension of the cables, Charlotte can simulate the way that gigantic objects in space are weightless but still have pesky mass and inertia. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the NASA Holodeck That Brings the ISS to Earth," 16 June 2015 The brand was recently launched by San Franciscan Hau Yeung to solve the pesky problem of bunching, chaffing panties during workouts., "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 Regardless of the season, a flaky scalp can be a pesky problem. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff," 6 June 2018 Then came the seventh, when an infield single by the pesky Kevin Kiermaier led to another single by Matt Duffy, which led to the game-deciding blast. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Jordan Zimmermann's mistake can't overshadow his progress this season," 11 July 2018 How to address your kid's nutrition at school — without being the pesky parent Ignore calories and BMI. Melissa Kossler Dutton,, "Food delivery services aim to take school lunch pressure off parents," 10 July 2018 That partnership ensures that pesky pieces of trash get picked up over the course of the event. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "You can get a free ticket to Forecastle by offering up a helping hand," 10 July 2018 That means eliminating use of those pesky single-use plastics, with policies like bag and straw bans. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 The white dish is rimmed in gold and holds figs and blossoms — but also a snake and pesky flies. Leah Ollman,, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018

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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

: making someone annoyed or irritated


pes·​ky | \ˈpe-skē \
peskier; peskiest

Kids Definition of pesky

: troublesome sense 1 pesky ants

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playful or foolish behavior

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