pest

noun
\ ˈpest How to pronounce pest (audio) \

Definition of pest

1 : an epidemic disease associated with high mortality specifically : plague
2 : something resembling a pest in destructiveness especially : a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns (such as agriculture or livestock production)
3 : one that pesters or annoys : nuisance

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Other Words from pest

pesty \ ˈpe-​stē How to pronounce pest (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pest in a Sentence

These insects are pests for farmers. mice and other household pests You're being a real pest. Would you leave us alone, please?
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Recent Examples on the Web Deseree and Matthew Cox have had little income since August, when Matthew Cox was let go from his management job in pest control. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump signs stimulus and government spending bill into law, averting shutdown," 28 Dec. 2020 The Natural Organic Certification Course covers everything from soil-building and planting techniques to tree care and pest control. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Garden gift guide: Consider books, organic goods or educational classes," 14 Dec. 2020 Whereas breeding could pay off eventually, biocontrol may already be protecting regrowing ash trees in some places, says Scott Pfister, director of APHIS’s pest management division. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Can an ambitious breeding effort save North America’s ash trees?," 12 Nov. 2020 The researchers inserted a gene for a human immune protein, interferon, into the virus and then used it to infect cells from the caterpillar form of a pest called the fall armyworm moth. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Will a small, long-shot U.S. company end up producing the best coronavirus vaccine?," 3 Nov. 2020 The most susceptible stage of this pest is the egg. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "The pretty pest eating your garden right now," 9 Oct. 2020 The Late Show had its own ideas for how to get rid of a pest that won't leave the White House. TheWeek, "The Late Show and The Daily Show have contingency plans if Trump refuses to leave office," 25 Sep. 2020 Organic matter such as algae feeds tadpoles, and frogs feed on pest insects, so mosquitoes won’t get out of control. Popular Mechanics, "How Attracting the Right Wildlife Can Maximize Your Lawn and Garden," 23 Aug. 2020 These costs include rent, payroll and health insurance, point of sale, pest control and janitorial services, equipment rental and maintenance, building insurance and property taxes. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After latest shutdown order, many restaurants go into hibernation," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pest

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pest

Middle French peste, from Latin pestis

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The first known use of pest was in the 15th century

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pest. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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pest

noun
How to pronounce pest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pest

: an animal or insect that causes problems for people especially by damaging crops
informal : a person who bothers or annoys other people

pest

noun
\ ˈpest How to pronounce pest (audio) \

Kids Definition of pest

1 : nuisance … Kirsti was such a pest, always butting in.— Lois Lowry, Number the Stars
2 : a plant or animal that is harmful to humans or property

pest

noun
\ ˈpest How to pronounce pest (audio) \

Medical Definition of pest

1 : an epidemic disease associated with high mortality specifically : plague sense 2
2 : something resembling a pest in destructiveness especially : a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns

Other Words from pest

pesty \ ˈpes-​tē How to pronounce pest (audio) \ adjective

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