pester

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pester annoy persistently "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pester To crowd together in an annoying way; to overcrowd; to infest. "All rivers and pools . . . pestered full with fishes."
    • Pester To trouble; to disturb; to annoy; to harass with petty vexations. "We are pestered with mice and rats.""A multitude of scribblers daily pester the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pester l. To crowd; encumber; clog; fill; cram.
    • pester To trouble, disturb, or annoy, especially with repeated acts of an annoying kind; harass with petty vexations; plague; worry.
    • pester Synonyms Bother, Plague, etc. See tease.
    • n pester Encumbrance; obstruction.
    • n pester A trouble; bother; plague.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Pester pes′tėr to disturb, to annoy
    • n Pester a bother
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbrev. fr. impester, fr. OF. empaistrier, empestrer, to entangle the feet or legs, to embarrass, F. emptrer,; pref. em-, en-,L. in, in) + LL. pastorium, pastoria, a fetter by which horses are prevented from wandering in the pastures, fr. L. pastorius, belonging to a herdsman or shepherd, pastor, a herdsman. See In, and Pasture Pastor

Usage

In literature:

Nobody wouldn't pester you.
"The Boy Trapper" by Harry Castlemon
Yet he wanted something even better; but before pestering M. Bechereau he began with an inspiring narrative.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
The interpreters were pestered unmercifully to secure us something to eat and to drink, but they were as helpless as ourselves.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
The savages hung about pestering the boatmen for gifts.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
In them days the McAlpins wasn't pestered with feelings; they was good sports.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
I have been pestered with two or three every day since I came here.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
The worst thing about a tragedy is that the playwright's friends are pestered to read it and audiences tired by sitting it out.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
And I don't reckon it's the part of men folks to pester 'em.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
If you ascribe personality to God, it is perfectly fair to pester you with questions about Him.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
In the skirmish with Spain our military authorities were pestered with candidates for the front.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
There's a Johnny in this town that's pestering the life out of me.
"Blister Jones" by John Taintor Foote
Perhaps if I give her what she wants she will stop pestering me.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
Moreover, I was myself pestered beyond endurance by a fire of questions whenever I went anywhere, or anybody came to us.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
So he went one day to his father-in-law, and began to pester him about his supposed treasure.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
I am pestered and bothered.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Thenceforth, to her great bewilderment and Hozier's manifest annoyance, he pestered her with compliments and inquiries.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Actually, he is pestering me to put him at the head of the Lower Farm!
"The Christmas Kalends of Provence" by Thomas A. Janvier
If nobody pestered them, they pestered nobody.
"Mingo" by Joel Chandler Harris
Any dogs that can trace the elephant and pester him with their barring would do.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
There, don't you puzzle yourself, and pester me; but do as you are bid, or we are both undone.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
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In poetry:

Seabirds with their raucus chatter
Pestered this relic of old woods.
With beaks they have draped over him
A tattered, patchwork rainbow hood.
"The Black Oak" by Giorgi Leonidze
There was an Old Person of Chester,
Whom several small children did pester;
They threw some large stones,
Which broke most of his bones,
And displeased that Old Person of Chester.
"Limerick:There was an Old Person of Chester" by Edward Lear
I heard a woman pitying her, pitying the Mère Tortue.
While I, I pity Monsieur.
"He pesters her and torments her," said the woman.
How much more is he pestered and tormented, say I.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
What must I do? I cannot kneel,
Although a sense of you I feel,
I will not show a coward's fear,
Waiting until the end be near
To pester you with mercy plea,
—You'd be despising me.
"The Score" by Robert W Service
I want to see the piece-quilts the Jones girls is makin';
And I want to pester Laury 'bout their freckled hired hand,
And joke her 'bout the widower she come purt' nigh a-takin',
Till her Pap got his pension 'lowed in time to save his land.
"Griggsby's Station" by James Whitcomb Riley
John A. Calhoun, my Joe John; your temper must be sour;
Your scholars pester you, John; you flog them every hour.
But leave the rod behind you, John, when from the school you go,
Or else you may get flogged yourself, John A. Calhoun, my Joe.
"John A. Calhoun, My Joe John" by David John Scott

In news:

He doesn't have a computer, primarily because he's too cheap to buy one and has friends, like me, to pester whenever he needs a favor.
Oh, there were rumblings that Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten would open in Westchester – and, to be honest, I'd been shamelessly pestering anyone I thought might give me the scoop.
According to Daily Mail, the study found through a series of interviews that the least active people actually appreciated pestering by spouses and children.
A friend of mine has been pestering me to read a book he's so excited about.
James Franklin Pester , 69, of Marshalltown, died Thursday, Aug 9, 2012, at Southridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Disease, weak prices may pester wheat crop.
Pester 's overwrapper for luxury products is efficient, too.
'WaterBillWoman' pestered city for years over faulty bills.
Indiana's Shavonte Zellous joined Tamika Catchings in pestering Minnesota at every chance.
Ask Daily Pint owner Philip McGovern why he started amassing one of the largest Scotch collections in L.A 15 years ago, and you?ll likely hear a grunt about the customers who pestered him to do it.
Aloha, BP, Cenex Zip Trip, Iowa 80, Kwik Shop, Par Mar, Pester, Phillips 66, Quick Chek, Roadrunner, Stripes.
Home: Video: Pelican Pesters Paddleboarders.
Last season, injuries were the nagging bugaboo that continuously pestered the Florida State Seminoles .
Don't Pester the President When He's Buying Shrimp .
But as the day progressed, the hooks and melodies kept resurfacing, pestering me as I tried to do my daily chores.
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In science:

He was a great help once I pestered him enough.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
I am indebted to Sebastian Adamatzky for pestering me into playing with the hot ice, and for participating in all experiments, and to Jeff Jones for editing text and participating in discussions.
Hot Ice Computer
Are they arithmetic? I have begun to pester experts about this.
On the passage from local to global in number theory
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