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pesky

[ pes-kee ]
/ ˈpɛs ki /
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adjective, pes·ki·er, pes·ki·est. Informal.

annoyingly troublesome; pesty: bothered by a pesky fly.

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troublesome, annoying, nettlesome, vexing, disturbing, irksome, mean, provoking, ugly, vexatious, wicked

Nearby words

peseta, pesewa, peshawar, peshito, peshitta, pesky, peso, peso boliviano, pessary, pessimism, pessimist

Origin of pesky

1765–75; irregular formation from pest + -y1
SYNONYMS FOR pesky
Related formspesk·i·ly, adverbpesk·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pesky

pesky

/ (ˈpɛskɪ) /

adjective peskier or peskiest

informal, mainly US and Canadian troublesomepesky flies
Derived Formspeskily, adverbpeskiness, noun

Word Origin for pesky

C19: probably changed from pesty; see pest
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Word Origin and History for pesky

pesky


adj.

1775, originally in New England dialect, perhaps a dialectal formation from pest (cf. plaguy "confounded, annoying, disagreeable"). Partridge suggests an origin in Essex dialect.

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