pes·​ter | \ ˈpe-stər How to pronounce pester (audio) \
pestered; pestering\ ˈpe-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce pestering (audio) \

Definition of pester

transitive verb

1 obsolete : overcrowd
2 : to harass with petty irritations : annoy

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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The most dogged fans had spent a decade pestering HBO executives and Deadwood cast members to return to their fiercely beloved but sparsely watched adult Western, and give it a proper finale. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The pros and cons of endless TV revivals," 27 June 2019 The turnaround in the second quarter came on both ends of the court, with Andrew Bogut providing some key moments for Golden State by rebounding and drawing fouls and Draymond Green pestering all of Toronto’s shooters. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Game 3 of the N.B.A. Finals," 5 June 2019 That’s one less confusing ballot proposition and hundreds fewer annoying TV ads that voters will be pestered with in November. George Skelton,, "The November election just got a lot less confusing for California voters," 2 July 2018 Kadri has no problem pestering opponents with his 6-foot and 192-pound frame, and sometimes to a fault, as noted by multi-game suspensions in each of Toronto’s last two playoff runs for excessive force. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri relishes fresh start after decade with Maple Leafs," 2 July 2019 The late replacement in the title fight who pestered the champion’s promoter with direct messages on Instagram to land the gig, now is knocking on the door of 1 million followers on the social media platform. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr. rewrites script for Imperial, himself," 21 June 2019 Reindeer will move onto snow and ice on hot summer days to avoid pestering insects. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, "Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast as last century," 19 June 2019 Video shows a drunk, belligerent Levi Lovell pestering @BetsyforIL and her husband at a campaign fundraiser. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Illinois congressman's staffer arrested for aggravated battery at opponent's campaign event," 17 Aug. 2018 That’s why, on a winter day shortly after his second season at the school, Patricia was pestering Amherst offensive coordinator Don Faulstick for a ride to a coaching clinic in Connecticut. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Matt Patricia's story: Sleepless nights, hard work paved way to Detroit Lions," 18 Jan. 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 How to pronounce pester (audio) \
pestered; pestering

Kids Definition of pester

: to bother again and again

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