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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of pester.

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

  • adj. troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances


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  • Recently, I peppered her with emails (perhaps "pestered" would be a better word): What does the air smell like in April?

    On Sight

  • Scriptwriter Andrew Davies even invented some bodice-ripping; he straightfacedly claims that Eliot's ghost "pestered" him to steam things up.

    By George, We've Got It

  • He kind of pestered Bob Dole to create a task force on health-care reform back when the Bush administration didn't seem to be very interested in the issue, led it for many years, and under just unbelievable pressure from many in his own party and ultimately his own leader, Senator Dole, to abandon the effort and to hand President Clinton a real political setback.

    The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point

  • Right after de War de Cherokees that had been wid the South kind of pestered the freedmen some, but I was so small dey never bothered me; jest de grown ones.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Oklahoma Narratives

  • Foremost among the leaders who pressed me on Mr. Platt (who "pestered" him about me, to use his own words) were Mr. Quigg, Mr. Odell—then State Chairman of the Republican organization, and afterwards Governor—and Mr. Hazel, now United States Judge.

    VIII. The New York Governorship

  • Foremost among the leaders who pressed me on Mr. Platt (who "pestered" him about me, to use his own words) were Mr. Quigg, Mr. Odell -- then

    Theodore Roosevelt; an Autobiography

  • Aunty is "pestered" (as she calls it) to death by people wanting me to sing for their charities.

    In the Courts of Memory, 1858 1875; from Contemporary Letters

  • Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said his former wife and student son had been "pestered" by reporters, with one "rooting about" in dustbins.

    The Guardian World News

  • Chelmsford Crown Court heard Mr Duchene challenged Wills, of Westcliff-on-Sea, when his fiancee Paula Haddlesey was "pestered" after leaving the concert.

    BBC News - Home

  • Jurors heard Mr Duchene challenged Wills after Ms Haddlesey was "pestered" as she walked to a taxi after leaving the concert.

    BBC News - Home


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