[ pes-ter ]
/ ˈpɛs tər /
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verb (used with object)
to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems.
Obsolete. to overcrowd.
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Origin of pester
1530–40; perhaps aphetic variant of empester,impester to tangle, encumber (though pester is found earlier than these 2 words) <Middle French empestrer to hobble, entangle <Vulgar Latin *impāstōriāre to hobble, equivalent to im-im-1 + pāstōri(a) a hobble, noun use of Latin pāstōrius of a herdsman or shepherd + -āre infinitive suffix (see pastor); aphetic form apparently reinforced by pest (cf. -er6)
OTHER WORDS FROM pesterpes·ter·er, nounpes·ter·ing·ly, adverbpes·ter·some, adjectiveun·pes·tered, adjective
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How to use pester in a sentence
Once when I was in a hospital room screaming in pain from a broken arm, he kept pestering mom for money so he could buy a Coke.Living With Mental Illness|David Frum|December 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Well, our old friend Peter Levine has been around pestering mother again.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
Levine who had been pestering his brother-in-law for the last eighteen months, was pressing him hard now.The Creators|May Sinclair
Well, what business have you got to come here pestering me with questions, as if you was trying to catch me?
Would I be likely to forget—would I so much as get the chance, with you pestering me almost before my hat is off?Christopher and the Clockmakers|Sara Ware Bassett
The sons of all the chief men among you are pestering my mother to marry them against her will.The Odyssey|Homer
British Dictionary definitions for pester
/ (ˈpɛstə) /
(tr) to annoy or nag continually
Derived forms of pesterpesterer, nounpesteringly, adverb
Word Origin for pester
C16: from Old French empestrer to hobble (a horse), from Vulgar Latin impāstōriāre (unattested) to use a hobble, from pāstōria (unattested) a hobble, from Latin pāstōrius relating to a herdsman, from pastor herdsman
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