- to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems.
- Obsolete. to overcrowd.
Origin of pester
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Examples from the Web for pestered
About two years ago, a woman claimed to be pestered by a spirit throughout the night.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
I quit my fancy art-gallery job, threw myself into a wide variety of classes, and pestered Cory until he offered me a job.Yes, Women Can Make Great Wine
March 22, 2014
The jazz fan who pestered him for narcotics turned out to be a federal agent.The Jazz Pianist That John F. Kennedy Saved
August 16, 2013
When I was a kid, I pestered old people with questions about what life had been like in old times.Literary City: Boris Akunin, a Dissident in Moscow
April 4, 2013
They seem bothered and pestered by the very patients and citizens they are sworn to help.Mitt’s Bizarre Lyme Disease Offensive
October 2, 2012
I know not what I have written—I am pestered with people around me.The Letters of Robert Burns
He has pestered me to get back there ever since I showed him over the place the day he arrived.The Inn at the Red Oak
But the mere trooth is, parson, I'm pestered by them promises I makes deeceased.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
He says she knows enough; an' he ain't goin' t' have her pestered.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
After that I wanted to write to him every day and pestered Mahananda accordingly.My Reminiscences
- (tr) to annoy or nag continually
Word Origin and History for pestered
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.