verb (used with object)
- pest house,
- pestalozzi, johann heinrich,
- pester power,
Origin of pester
Examples from the Web for pestered
About two years ago, a woman claimed to be pestered by a spirit throughout the night.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?|Nina Strochlic|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I quit my fancy art-gallery job, threw myself into a wide variety of classes, and pestered Cory until he offered me a job.
The jazz fan who pestered him for narcotics turned out to be a federal agent.
When I was a kid, I pestered old people with questions about what life had been like in old times.Literary City: Boris Akunin, a Dissident in Moscow|Henry Krempels|April 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They seem bothered and pestered by the very patients and citizens they are sworn to help.
He pestered me to write, and I promised; so mine honour is engaged.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
And further tell your father I will not be pestered with this business any longer.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
How would you like to be so pestered after such a travel over the rough country roads as I have had?Six Plays|Florence Henrietta Darwin
His duns had found him out, and pursued him in wrath and alarm to England, and pestered him very seriously indeed.The House by the Church-Yard|J. Sheridan Le Fanu
During the whole time he was writing his History he was pestered by duns, and could not leave his home without dodging bailiffs.Tobias Smollett|Oliphant Smeaton
Word Origin 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.