[pes-ter] /ˈpɛs tər/
verb (used with object)
to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble:
Don’t pester me with your trivial problems.
Obsolete. to overcrowd.
(transitive) to annoy or nag continually
1520s, “to clog, entangle, encumber,” probably a shortening of Middle French empestrer “place in an embarrassing situation” (Modern French empêtrer, Walloon epasturer), from Vulgar Latin *impastoriare “to hobble” (an animal), from Latin im- “in” + Medieval Latin pastoria (chorda) “(rope) to hobble an animal,” from Latin pastoria, fem. of pastorius “of a herdsman,” from pastor “herdsman” (see pastor (n.)). Sense of “annoy, trouble” (1560s) is from influence of pest. Related: Pestered; pestering.
[pest-hohl] /ˈpɛstˌhoʊl/ noun 1. a place infested with or especially liable to epidemic disease.
[pest-hous] /ˈpɛstˌhaʊs/ noun, plural pesthouses [pest-hou-ziz] /ˈpɛstˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA) 1. a or hospital for persons infected with pestilential disease. /ˈpɛstˌhaʊs/ noun 1. (obsolete) a hospital for treating persons with infectious diseases Also called lazaretto
[pes-tuh-sahyd] /ˈpɛs təˌsaɪd/ noun 1. a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal . /ˈpɛstɪˌsaɪd/ noun 1. a chemical used for killing pests, esp insects and rodents n. 1939, a hybrid coined from English pest + Latinate -cide. pesticide pes·ti·cide (pěs’tĭ-sīd’) n. A chemical used to kill pests, especially insects. pesticide (pěs’tĭ-sīd’) A chemical […]
[pe-stif-er-uh s] /pɛˈstɪf ər əs/ adjective 1. bringing or bearing disease. 2. . 3. pernicious; evil. 4. Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying. /pɛˈstɪfərəs/ adjective 1. (informal) troublesome; irritating 2. breeding, carrying, or spreading infectious disease 3. corrupting; pernicious adj. mid-15c., “mischievous, pernicious,” figurative use of Latin pestiferus “that brings plague or destruction,” variant of pestifer […]