And resist the urge to probe or pester for reassuring answers.
I blurted out "What is he that he should pester his betters with his attentions?"
Any dogs that can trace the elephant and pester him with their barring would do.
I hope you will succeed, for the girl doesn't want Richard, and it is a shame to pester her and the poor old squire.
What right had she to pester him with questions like that in his own house?
He can, when necessary, pester responsible persons till they are goaded into action.
So long as they think she's got a cent comin' to her they'll pester her in every way they can, I believe.
For a little time all goes well; then thistles, burdocks, mulleins, and briers come to pester him and increase his labors.
Do you want me to pester every office in the government with new inquiries?
She could not know anything, and why did they want to pester the poor thing?
1520s, "to clog, entangle, encumber," probably a shortening of Middle French empestrer "place in an embarrassing situation" (Modern French empêtrer, Walloon epasturer), from Vulgar Latin *impastoriare "to hobble" (an animal), from Latin im- "in" + Medieval Latin pastoria (chorda) "(rope) to hobble an animal," from Latin pastoria, fem. of pastorius "of a herdsman," from pastor "herdsman" (see pastor (n.)). Sense of "annoy, trouble" (1560s) is from influence of pest. Related: Pestered; pestering.