Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Troublesome; annoying: a pesky mosquito.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Annoying, troublesome, irritating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pestering; vexatious; troublesome. Used also as an intensive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Troublesome; annoying; plaguy.
  • Excessively: as, pesky slow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing irritation or annoyance

Etymologies

Probably alteration of pest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly from pesty. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The obvious result, if this type of suit becomes successful and pesky, is of course for media to start blocking Internet traffic from British URLs.

    Coyote Blog » 2005 » March

  • They are up to their pinstripes in pesky rattlesnakes.

    USATODAY.com - Johnson too big for Yankees

  • I just tend to dislike certain pesky things like the "droit du seigneur" (did I spell that right?

    Free to be Home

  • Maybe somebody outraged by the idea of pesky women ruining good soldiers 'careers, and then quitting anyway.

    Running Blind

  • Widely known as a pesky hitter, Eckstein is looking for a new home after brief stints in

    SI.com

  • This motion will add to the exfoliation process and also help with the removal of fine facial hair, better known as pesky peach fuzz.

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  • Bug killer — Insecticidal soap kills most soft-bodied insects, such as pesky aphids, by dehydration.

    How to use soap in the garden

  • Liberals keep trying to forget the original "pesky" Bill of Rights on their dash to the Socialist State. please

    Five states join lawsuit against health care bill

  • "Dean Kagan treated the conservative student organizations not like they were some kind of pesky fly but rather serious organizations."

    Mixed Grades at Harvard Law

  • He can't even begin to think he is going to win if he can't get women who voted for Hillary on his side, not to mention those "pesky" blue collar voters.

    Obama begins VP search process

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