Definition of pesky in English:

pesky

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛski
 
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adjective (peskier, peskiest)

informal , chiefly North American
  • Causing trouble; annoying: a pesky younger brother
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    • It turns out that mosquitoes are a pesky problem on his island in the South Pacific.
    • Any pesky remnants of feelings she used to have for him would just have to be dealt with later.
    • Trim as necessary and adhere to the top of the wood making sure to get out any pesky air bubbles.

Derivatives

peskily

adverb
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  • The experience would have been an enjoyable save for Nicole who had attached herself peskily to my side.
  • Their music is an inspired secret collusion of big beats, sassy rapping and peskily unsettling electro hooks.

peskiness

noun
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  • I was trying explain to someone the other day why I was continuing to hang out with someone who was, by all accounts, a cause of a lot of peskiness for me.
  • Norway, in attempting to stem the returns from the fitful peskiness that underpinned Scotland's gameplan, ended up falling back on what they know best.
  • Anarchy would be attractive, if it wasn't for the peskiness of human nature.

Origin

late 18th century: perhaps related to pest.

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