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[pes-kee] /ˈpɛs ki/

adjective, peskier, peskiest. Informal.
annoyingly troublesome:
bothered by a pesky fly.
adjective peskier, peskiest
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) troublesome: pesky flies

1775, originally in New England dialect, perhaps a dialectal formation from pest (cf. plaguy “confounded, annoying, disagreeable”). Partridge suggests an origin in Essex dialect.


Vexatious; annoying; pesty

[1775+; origin unknown]


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