- to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems.
- Obsolete. to overcrowd.
Origin of pester
Synonyms for pesterSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for pester
Related Words for pesteredbedevil, annoy, nag, tease, hector, irk, torment, hassle, hound, badger, disturb, nudge, beleaguer, ride, tantalize, dog, insist, remind, plague, importune
Examples from the Web for pestered
Contemporary Examples of 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?
October 30, 2014
I quit my fancy art-gallery job, threw myself into a wide variety of classes, and pestered Cory until he offered me a job.Yes, Women Can Make Great Wine
March 22, 2014
The jazz fan who pestered him for narcotics turned out to be a federal agent.The Jazz Pianist That John F. Kennedy Saved
August 16, 2013
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
April 4, 2013
They seem bothered and pestered by the very patients and citizens they are sworn to help.Mitt’s Bizarre Lyme Disease Offensive
October 2, 2012
Historical Examples of pestered
I know not what I have written—I am pestered with people around me.The Letters of Robert Burns
He has pestered me to get back there ever since I showed him over the place the day he arrived.The Inn at the Red Oak
But the mere trooth is, parson, I'm pestered by them promises I makes deeceased.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
He says she knows enough; an' he ain't goin' t' have her pestered.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
After that I wanted to write to him every day and pestered Mahananda accordingly.My Reminiscences
- (tr) to annoy or nag continually
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.