- to bother, interfere with, or annoy.
- to make indecent sexual advances to.
- to assault sexually.
Origin of molest
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Examples from the Web for molester
Often Lamb comes off not as Chester the Molester, but instead as a recognizable and mostly sympathetic character.Great Weekend Reads
Malcolm Jones, Lucy Scholes, Jacob Silverman, Drew Toal
September 18, 2011
- to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
- to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually
Word Origin and History for molester
1570s, agent noun from molest.
late 14c., "to cause trouble, grief, or vexation," from Old French molester "to torment, trouble, bother" (12c.) and directly from Latin molestare "to disturb, trouble, annoy," from molestus "troublesome, annoying, unmanageable," perhaps related to moles "mass" (see mole (n.3)) on notion of either "burden" or "barrier." Meaning "sexually assault" first attested 1950. Related: Molested; molesting.