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  • v. Present participle of pester.
  • n. An act or instance of annoying somebody.

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

  • adj. causing irritation or annoyance


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • (But on the other hand, if I hadn't been willing to debate, I never would have gotten the perspective that some women give in because they think the pestering is a prologue to rape and they'd rather give in semi-willingly than anger the man until he eventually assaults them — an interesting thought that obviously changes the way that we'll have to work to solve the problem.)

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  • Let the calls pestering our elected officials to remain faithful to our agenda start once more.

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  • I, “O thou with tongue long as the tail of a jackass, thou persistest in pestering me with thy prate and thou becomest more longsome in thy long speeches, when all I want of thee is to shave my head and wend thy way!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I always assumed that it was pretty much the same thing we all do when we find a really wicked piece of music and immediately begin pestering everyone we know to listen to it.

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  • The setups weren't bad, and in fact that slap pass to Smith for the opener was downright pretty, but the pestering was a thing to behold if you're into that sort of thing.

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  • And it's easy to slip in words like "pestering" when you mean to disparage a person who is only doing the normal thing under the circumstances.

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  • She would be the kind of pestering woman at the grocery store who would ask if you have a moment to fill out a form.

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  • Because of this accident of history, Day was sniped at in the factory for not knowing his place by 'pestering' me, and even for being a social climber.


  • He had long, fretful monologues on the vanity of diamond-making, if accompanied with a "pestering" by "interlopers;" on the wickedness of concealment and conspiracy, and their effects on charcoal-burning; on the nurturing of spies and "adders" in the family circle, and on the seditiousness of dark and mysterious councils in which a gray-haired father was left out.

    Flip, a California romance

  • I dare say that if the truth could be got at, we should find that little Victoria was at times trying enough to mother, masters, and attendants; that she was occasionally passionate, perverse, and "pestering," like all children who have any great and positive elements in them.

    Queen Victoria, her girlhood and womanhood

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