verb (used with object)
Origin of pester
Examples from the Web for pester
And resist the urge to probe or pester for reassuring answers.
Don't be afraid, I am not going to pester you with guide-book erudition.Romantic Spain|John Augustus O'Shea
All his wives swore that in future they would not pester him with their scolding.The Life of Mohammad|Etienne Dinet
They lipsynch the soundtrack, cadge souvenirs and pester you with smarmy, show-off questions.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
In summer, they seek the water to cool themselves, and get free from flies and mosquitoes, that pester them sadly.The Hunters' Feast|Mayne Reid
The cynical will say that he did so in order that Bozzy would have less time to pester him, but we believe his advice was sincere.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
British Dictionary definitions for pester
Word Origin for pester
Word Origin and History for pester
1520s, "to clog, entangle, encumber," probably a shortening of Middle French empestrer "place in an embarrassing situation" (Modern French empêtrer, Walloon epasturer), from Vulgar Latin *impastoriare "to hobble" (an animal), from Latin im- "in" + Medieval Latin pastoria (chorda) "(rope) to hobble an animal," from Latin pastoria, fem. of pastorius "of a herdsman," from pastor "herdsman" (see pastor (n.)). Sense of "annoy, trouble" (1560s) is from influence of pest. Related: Pestered; pestering.