- to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems.
- Obsolete. to overcrowd.
Origin of pester
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Examples from the Web for pestering
What do you mean by pestering Marcoline at the theatre yesterday?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
But we couldn't have talked with that fellow, Doyle, pestering us.General John Regan
George A. Birmingham
What's the good of pestering me with questions at this awful time?
"No, they ain't courting, either," she informed the pestering neighbors.
Joe's eyes flicked to the other two who had been pestering the little fellow.Mercenary
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- (tr) to annoy or nag continually
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.