Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To disturb, interfere with, or annoy.
  • transitive verb To subject (a child) to sexual contact.
  • transitive verb To subject (an adult) to unwanted sexual contact.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Trouble.
  • To trouble; disturb; harass; vex; meddle with injuriously.
  • Synonyms Annoy, Plague, etc. (see tease), incommode, discommode, inconvenience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To trouble; to disturb; to render uneasy; to interfere with; to vex.
  • noun obsolete Molestation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To physically abuse, (occasionally also means sexually especially regarding a minor )
  • verb To annoy intentionally
  • verb To disturb or tamper with.

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

  • verb harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to
  • verb annoy continually or chronically

Etymologies

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

[Middle English molesten, from Old French molester, from Latin molestāre, from molestus, troublesome.]

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From Middle English molesten, from Old French molester, from Latin molestare ("to trouble, annoy, molest"), from molestus ("troublesome"), from moles ("a burden, difficulty, labor, trouble"); see mole.

Examples

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  • To bother.

    January 12, 2007

  • Just means "bother" in Spanish, no sexual component.

    July 4, 2007

  • Ditto: to bother.

    December 16, 2008