[ muh-lest ]
/ məˈlɛst /

verb (used with object)

to bother, interfere with, or annoy.
to make indecent sexual advances to.
to assault sexually.

Nearby words

  1. molecularity,
  2. molecule,
  3. molehill,
  4. moleskin,
  5. moleskins,
  6. molestation,
  7. molester,
  8. molet,
  9. molilalia,
  10. molimen

Origin of molest

1325–75; Middle English molesten < Latin molestāre to irk, derivative of molestus irksome; compare mōlēs mass, burden, trouble

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for molester

  • Often Lamb comes off not as Chester the Molester, but instead as a recognizable and mostly sympathetic character.

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British Dictionary definitions for molester


/ (məˈlɛst) /

verb (tr)

to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually
Derived Formsmolestation (ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən), nounmolester, noun

Word Origin for molest

C14: from Latin molestāre to annoy, from molestus troublesome, from mōlēs mass

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Word Origin and History for molester
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