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pester (ˈpɛstə



  1. (transitive) to annoy or nag continually

Derived Forms

ˈpesterer  noun
ˈpesteringly  adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Old French empestrer to hobble (a horse), from Vulgar Latin impāstōriāre (unattested) to use a hobble, from pāstōria (unattested) a hobble, from Latin pāstōrius relating to a herdsman, from pastor herdsman


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= annoy, worry, bother, disturb, bug (informal), plague, torment, get at, harass, nag, hassle (informal), harry, aggravate (informal), fret, badger, pick on, irk, bedevil, chivvy, get on your nerves (informal), bend someone's ear (informal), drive you up the wall (slang), be on your back (slang), get in your hair (informal)

Translations for 'pester'

  • British English: pester If you say that someone is pestering you, you mean that they keep asking you to do something, or keep talking to you, and you find this annoying.He is fed up with people pestering him for money.ˈpɛstə VERB
  • Arabic: يُضَايِقُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: incomodar
  • Chinese: 纠缠
  • Croatian: gnjaviti
  • Czech: obtěžovat
  • Danish: plage
  • Dutch: lastig vallen
  • European Spanish: dar la lata
  • Finnish: vaivata
  • French: tourmenter
  • German: belästigen
  • Greek: παρενοχλώ
  • Italian: seccare
  • Japanese: 悩ませる
  • Korean: 괴롭히다
  • Norwegian: plage
  • Polish: gnębić
  • Portuguese: incomodar
  • Romanian: a sâcâi
  • Russian: докучать
  • Spanish: molestar
  • Swedish: besvära
  • Thai: รบกวน
  • Turkish: rahatsız etmek
  • Ukrainian: набридати набриднути
  • Vietnamese: quấy rầy

Example Sentences Including 'pester'

If you bother me or pester me in any way, then I will contact the police.
Edward Docx THE CALLIGRAPHER (2003)
The habit of the man at the top to pester his subordinates with more and more frequent -- and unwanted -- appearances.
Forbes, Colin Cover Story
We did give them coffee once Gladys had it made, but I was darned if I'd let them pester me with a lot of fool questions.
MacLeod, Charlotte Something in the Water


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