- an annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing; nuisance.
- an insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees, etc.
- a deadly epidemic disease, especially a plague; pestilence.
Origin of pest
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- See under Budapest.
- a city in and the capital of Hungary, in the central part, on the Danube River: formed 1873 from two cities on the W bank of the Danube (Buda and Obuda) and one on the E bank (Pest).
Examples from the Web for pest
Scotts Miracle Gro made a pest resistant Kentucky bluegrass in 2011 using the same technology.Plants That Glow in the Dark Spark Heated Debate
August 18, 2013
"Earworm" has been around for quite some time to refer to a pest that burrows into the ears of corn.New Words Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary: ‘Man Cave,’ ‘Sexting,’ and More
Kory L. Stamper
August 14, 2012
With one swift ninja movement, Obama swatted the pest with ease, leaving it lifeless on the ground.Obama’s 11 Most Badass Moments (Videos)
April 25, 2012
An exterminator, Dill took a job in Iraq for a company contracted to do pest control on military bases.The War's Quiet Scandal
February 25, 2010
He passed on unsuspected and deadly, like a pest in the street full of men.The Secret Agent
She is a demon now, and the pest of married women and their babies.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
Thus he kept it up for years, and was a pest throughout the neighborhood.The Chinese Fairy Book
And then that pest of an office boy began shouting his name.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Two methods of control have been developed to keep this pest under.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- a person or thing that annoys, esp by imposing itself when it is not wanted; nuisance
- any organism that damages crops, injures or irritates livestock or man, or reduces the fertility of land
- (as modifier)pest control
- rare an epidemic disease or pestilence
- the capital of Hungary, on the River Danube: formed in 1873 from the towns of Buda and Pest. Traditionally Buda, the old Magyar capital, was the administrative and Pest the trade centre: suffered severely in the Russian siege of 1945 and in the unsuccessful revolt against the Communist regime (1956). Pop: 1 719 342 (2003 est)
Word Origin and History for pest
1550s (in imprecations, "a pest upon ____," etc.), "plague, pestilence," from Middle French peste (1530s), from Latin pestis "deadly contagious disease; a curse, bane," of uncertain origin. Meaning "noxious or troublesome person or thing" first recorded c.1600.
Hungarian capital, formed 1872 from merger of two cities on opposite shores of the Danube, Buda (probably from a word originally meaning "water") + Pest, a Hungarian word meaning "furnace, oven, cove," also in Slavic (cf. Russian pech'). Cf. Ofen, literally "oven," the old German name for the place.
- An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.
- A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.