verb (used with object)
Origin of pester
Examples from the Web for pestering
The pestering of exempt places with strangers and foreign artificers.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
The provincial theatres and the second-class theatres are pestering me daily for it.
I probably shall be pestering you with telephone calls, urging you to have pity upon me in my loneliness.Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed|Edna Ferber
I asked him what it meant once when he was pestering me to marry him.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
"Some agent has been pestering Lucy Ellen, I suppose," she muttered vexedly.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904|Lucy Maud Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for pestering
Word Origin for pester
Word Origin and History for pestering
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.