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pester

Syllabification: pes·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpestər
 
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Definition of pester in English:

verb

[with object]
Trouble or annoy (someone) with frequent or persistent requests or interruptions: she constantly pestered him with telephone calls
More example sentences
  • Unscrupulous companies will instead pester you with annoying phone calls or unannounced visits.
  • Most of the popular girls from my school constantly pestered me for a picture of him, but I never gave them anything.
  • The more she pesters him with emotional calls, the more irritated he becomes.
Synonyms
badger, hound, harass, plague, annoy, bother, trouble, keep after, persecute, torment, bedevil, harry, worry, beleaguer, nag, hassle, bug, devil, get on someone's case

Origin

mid 16th century (in the senses 'overcrowd (a place)' and 'impede (a person)'): from French empestrer 'encumber', influenced by pest. The current sense is an extension of an earlier use, 'infest', referring to vermin.

Derivatives

pesterer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Thank you to everyone who tolerated my pestering emails (I’m a good pesterer).
  • Violet’s husband was a "pesterer," a traveling trader, who would go on the "knocker," roaming the country buying and selling silver, gold and clothing.

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