- bringing or bearing disease.
- pernicious; evil.
- Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying.
Origin of pestiferous
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Examples from the Web for pestiferous
"You pestiferous gnats insisted on grabbing the ball," he sneered.The Galaxy Primes
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We need all the people we can get, but they are a pestiferous outfit.
"You are a pestiferous son-in-law," said Warren, as Lyman entered the room.Old Ebenezer
But need one's love for things English include this pestiferous sparrow?Wild Life Near Home
Dallas Lore Sharp
Some species of this genus are pestiferous weeds all over the world.The American Flower Garden Directory
- informal troublesome; irritating
- breeding, carrying, or spreading infectious disease
- corrupting; pernicious
C16: from Latin pestifer, from pestis contagious disease, pest + ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for pestiferous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Producing or breeding infectious disease.
- Infected with or contaminated by an epidemic disease.
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