pes·​ter | \ˈpe-stər \
pestered; pestering\ˈpe-​st(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of pester 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : overcrowd

2 : to harass with petty irritations : annoy

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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

Examples of pester in a Sentence

Leave me alone! Stop pestering me! one resident pestered the condo board about every little thing

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Ever since Sony and Naughty Dog released the first Uncharted video game, fans have pestered the companies about two things: wanting a live-action version, and dreaming of Firefly's Nathan Fillion as its star. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Uncharted fan film, starring Nathan Fillion, beats Sony to live-action punch," 16 July 2018 Go after your opportunity and be aggressive, but don’t pester or be an opportunist. Amber Kallor, Allure, "How Frankie Boyd Went From Being a M.A.C. Counter Cashier to an A-List Makeup Artist," 30 July 2018 Bad news — rain chances want to pester our weekend. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Mugginess and clouds today pave the way for periodic weekend rain," 8 June 2018 Buzz60 Are friends or family pestering you to get off your beach chair and go in the water? Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Ee-ew! Authorities warn as sea lice invade beaches in Pensacola, northwest Florida," 27 June 2018 Al Samawi had pestered someone into giving him the phone number of the captain of the ship. Karen Berkowitz,, "Highland Park grad plays key role in peace activist's escape from Yemen: 'This guy is going to die unless you do something'," 8 May 2018 No, not even royals are immune to being pestered by insects in the summertime. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Countess Sophie Had an Awkward Moment with a Bug While Riding with Meghan Markle To the Royal Ascot," 21 June 2018 She was pestered by pan-handlers and walked through restaurants filled with dozens of patrons, all focused on their meals and conversation. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Cyberpunk 2077 is part RPG, part shooter, part GTA-style mayhem," 13 June 2018 To understand what Coach O has meant in the U.S., a one-time sports rival that became a big-hearted home, visit the GoFundMe page Ruotolo and others pestered her for permission to post. Bryce Miller,, "Global soccer star who coached hundreds in San Diego area fighting cancer," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of pester

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pester

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

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English Language Learners Definition of pester

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


pes·​ter | \ˈpe-stər \
pestered; pestering

Kids Definition of pester

: to bother again and again

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