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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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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