pester

verb pes·ter \ ˈpe-stər \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of pester

pestered; pestering play \ˈpe-st(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 obsolete :overcrowd
2 :to harass with petty irritations :annoy

Examples of pester in a Sentence

  1. Leave me alone! Stop pestering me!

  2. one resident pestered the condo board about every little thing

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Origin and Etymology of pester

modification of Middle French empestrer to hobble, embarrass, from Vulgar Latin *impastoriare, from Latin in- + Late Latin pastoria tether — more at pastern

Synonym Discussion of pester

worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation.
    • pursued a policy of worrying the enemy
annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks.
    • you're doing that just to annoy me
harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power.
    • harassed on all sides by creditors
harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment.
    • the strikers had been harried by thugs
plague implies a painful and persistent affliction.
    • plagued all her life by poverty
pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks.
    • constantly pestered with trivial complaints
tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath.
    • children teased the dog

PESTER Defined for English Language Learners

pester

verb

Definition of pester for English Language Learners

  • : to annoy or bother (someone) in a repeated way


PESTER Defined for Kids

pester

verb pes·ter \ ˈpe-stər \

Definition of pester for Students

pestered; pestering
:to bother again and again


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