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

Definition of pesky

: 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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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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22 May 2022

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“Pesky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of pesky

: troublesome sense 1 pesky ants

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Nglish: Translation of pesky for Spanish Speakers


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