- annoyingly troublesome; pesty: bothered by a pesky fly.
Origin of pesky
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Related Wordstroublesome, annoying, nettlesome, vexing, disturbing, irksome, mean, provoking, ugly, vexatious, wicked
Examples from the Web for pesky
Isn't it time Kate took a lesson from her grandmother-in-law and weighted down those skirts against the pesky wind?Kate. Sweetie. Get Some Hem Weights.
October 22, 2014
Unfortunately, pesky activists and passionate students have made sexual assault impossible to ignore, even for men.The College Bro’s Burden: Consent and Assault Cast a Shadow on Sexy Times
August 22, 2014
The NRA itself literally chopped off that pesky first half when it chiseled the words on the face of its old headquarters.Gun-Rights Advocates Should Fear History of Second Amendment
December 18, 2012
The problem: pesky state child labor laws requiring that minors work a maximum eight hours a day when school is not in session.Too Close for Comfort: ‘Couples Therapy’ for Courtney Stodden on VH1
Maria Elena Fernandez
October 1, 2012
The biggest annoyance was pesky television helicopters buzzing incessantly over west side neighborhoods.Los Angeles Area Girds for Carmageddon II Freeway Closure
September 28, 2012
Talk about that depot-wagon driver and his pesky go-cart that got us into this mess.
But even Kenelm confessed to a liking for the "pesky little nuisance."
I tick, tick, tick all day over this pesky business, but I don't get anywheres.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
It does sound so pesky ridic'lous, although it ain't, when you understand it.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The pesky calf should be treated right, if it took the whole barrel.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
- informal, mainly US and Canadian troublesomepesky flies
Word Origin and History for pesky
1775, originally in New England dialect, perhaps a dialectal formation from pest (cf. plaguy "confounded, annoying, disagreeable"). Partridge suggests an origin in Essex dialect.