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[pes-kee] /ˈpɛs ki/
adjective, peskier, peskiest. Informal.
annoyingly troublesome; pesty:
bothered by a pesky fly.
Origin of pesky
1765-75; irregular formation from pest + -y1
Related forms
peskily, adverb
peskiness, noun
vexatious, irksome, bothersome, pestiferous. Unabridged
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  • Well, a pesky cowboy did what I had not been able to do, and the two came to have me tie the conjugal knot.

  • I expected you'd spend your money on some pesky gimcrack or other.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Now wherever the enraged and frantic Duke headed, the pesky, yapping, snapping dog was under his nose.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • I tick, tick, tick all day over this pesky business, but I don't get anywheres.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Come along, Colonel; it looks like we was a-goin to larn morn Mendoza himself ever did; an all through a pesky steer!

British Dictionary definitions for pesky


adjective peskier, peskiest
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) troublesome: pesky flies
Derived Forms
peskily, adverb
peskiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably changed from pesty; see pest
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Word Origin and History for pesky

1775, originally in New England dialect, perhaps a dialectal formation from pest (cf. plaguy "confounded, annoying, disagreeable"). Partridge suggests an origin in Essex dialect.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pesky



Vexatious; annoying; pesty

[1775+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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