[ pest ]
/ pɛst /


an annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing; nuisance.
an insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees, etc.
a deadly epidemic disease, especially a plague; pestilence.

Origin of pest

First recorded in 1545–55, pest is from the Latin word pestis plague


de-pest, verb (used with object)

Definition for pest (2 of 3)

[ pest; Hungarian pesht ]
/ pɛst; Hungarian pɛʃt /


See under Budapest.

Definition for pest (3 of 3)

[ boo-duh-pest, boo-duh-pest; Hungarian boo-do-pesht ]
/ ˈbu dəˌpɛst, ˌbu dəˈpɛst; Hungarian ˈbʊ dɒˌpɛʃt /


a city in and the capital of Hungary, in the central part, on the Danube River: formed 1873 from two cities on the W bank of the Danube (Buda and Obuda) and one on the E bank (Pest). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pest (1 of 2)

/ (pɛst) /


a person or thing that annoys, esp by imposing itself when it is not wanted; nuisance
  1. any organism that damages crops, injures or irritates livestock or man, or reduces the fertility of land
  2. (as modifier)pest control
rare an epidemic disease or pestilence

Word Origin for pest

C16: from Latin pestis plague, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for pest (2 of 2)

/ (ˌbjuːdəˈpɛst, Hungarian ˈbudɔpɛʃt) /


the capital of Hungary, on the River Danube: formed in 1873 from the towns of Buda and Pest. Traditionally Buda, the old Magyar capital, was the administrative and Pest the trade centre: suffered severely in the Russian siege of 1945 and in the unsuccessful revolt against the Communist regime (1956). Pop: 1 719 342 (2003 est)
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Medical definitions for pest

[ pĕst ]


An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.
A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.
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Cultural definitions for pest

[ (booh-duh-pest, booh-duh-pesht) ]

Capital of Hungary and largest city in the country, located in north-central Hungary on both banks of the Danube River; the industrial, cultural, and transportation center of Hungary.

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