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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.)
Let the calls pestering our elected officials to remain faithful to our agenda start once more.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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