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 pesty (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 The pest attacking your tomatoes is called a leaf miner. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Reader wants a flowering vine with evergreen foliage: Coral honeysuckle is the answer," 3 Sep. 2020 As for maintenance, front yard grass mowing and edging, termite treatment and exterior pest control, lawn fertilization, weed control, front yard flowers and shrubs in select areas are included in the section’s HOA fees. Houston Chronicle, "Meridiana to open active-adult neighborhood featuring clubhouse, pool," 5 Sep. 2020 The business has 300 franchised outlets across the U.S. that are mostly landscape and pest control companies but turn to setting up lights and decorations for Christmas, Halloween and other holidays in the colder months. Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows," 4 Sep. 2020 Their existence doesn’t bother partly because the wasps help Blaschki with more pressing pest control issues. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "The buzz about paper wasps: these pollinators do more good than harm in San Antonio gardens," 1 Sep. 2020 The vegetables are grown inside hydroponic containers lined with coconut coir, and there are no pesticides used — bees pollinate the plants and ladybugs provide pest control. TheWeek, "The world's biggest rooftop greenhouse, roughly the size of 3 football fields, opens in Montreal," 31 Aug. 2020 The only pest that seems to deliver a knockout punch with these roses is the chilli thrips. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "How to care for Knock Out roses," 29 Aug. 2020 And researchers realized they were no longer being bitten by Asian tiger mosquitoes, a pest that attacks during the day and can carry dengue and yellow fever. Kenneth R. Weiss, Science | AAAS, "To save this palm-filled paradise, biologists must kill the trees," 27 Aug. 2020 The federal government considered this king in their midst a pest and ordered him arrested on several charges, including counterfeiting, trespassing on government land and impeding delivery of the mail. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "On remote Beaver Island, small-town life is preserved," 21 Aug. 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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24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pest. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for pest

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 pesty (audio) \ adjective

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