from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To harass with petty annoyances; bother. See Synonyms at harass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bother, harass or annoy persistently.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To trouble; to disturb; to annoy; to harass with petty vexations.
- transitive v. To crowd together in an annoying way; to overcrowd; to infest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- l. To crowd; encumber; clog; fill; cram.
- To trouble, disturb, or annoy, especially with repeated acts of an annoying kind; harass with petty vexations; plague; worry.
- Synonyms Bother, Plague, etc. See tease.
- n. Encumbrance; obstruction.
- n. A trouble; bother; plague.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. annoy persistently
I note that although a pest may pester you, the word pester originally wasn't associated with the word pest in any way.
The Brits call it "pester power," which sounds more refined, but comes down to the same thing -- making it more difficult for parents to instill healthy eating habits in their children.
Marketers have a phrase called 'pester power,' says Lyn Mikel Brown, an education professor at Maine's Colby College and co-author of Packaging Girlhood.
"If we ignore them, then they pester, which is fine with me, because I'm really good at forgetting to do stuff like that."
"Marketers have a phrase called 'pester power,' " says Lyn Mikel Brown, an education professor at Maine's
If that were to sit and kind of pester a little bit more, maybe a little bit closer to the central Gulf of Mexico, we would be more concerned but at this point, it shouldn't be too much of a terrible issue.
ABC: Well the whole thing about 'pester' power for children which advertising of course colludes with so often, that needs challenging.
His new neighbors were not too neighborly; they did not do what he would have termed "pester" him by running in and out of the shop at all hours, nor did they continually ask favors.
That was the place where Ned hung it when he wanted to "pester" me; he did it with an old rake handle.
You can set when an alarm is triggered precisely, and even set it to 'pester' you -- go off several times over a specfied period so you can't miss it!
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