verb (used with object)
Origin of molest
Examples from the Web for molester
Often Lamb comes off not as Chester the Molester, but instead as a recognizable and mostly sympathetic character.
Word Origin for molest
1570s, agent noun from molest.
late 14c., "to cause trouble, grief, or vexation," from Old French molester "to torment, trouble, bother" (12c.) and directly from Latin molestare "to disturb, trouble, annoy," from molestus "troublesome, annoying, unmanageable," perhaps related to moles "mass" (see mole (n.3)) on notion of either "burden" or "barrier." Meaning "sexually assault" first attested 1950. Related: Molested; molesting.