pestered


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pes·ter

 (pĕs′tər)
tr.v. pes·tered, pes·ter·ing, pes·ters
To annoy persistently, as with repeated demands or questions. See Synonyms at harass.

[Probably short for French empestrer, to constrain, embarrass (probably also influenced by pest), from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *impāstōriāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Vulgar Latin *pāstōria, a hobble, from Latin, feminine of pāstōrius, of a herdsman (from pāstor, herdsman; see pā- in Indo-European roots).]

pes′ter·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pestered - troubled persistently especially with petty annoyancespestered - troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances; "harassed working mothers"; "a harried expression"; "her poor pestered father had to endure her constant interruptions"; "the vexed parents of an unruly teenager"
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
References in classic literature ?
He said Jubiter pestered him and aggravated him till he was so mad he just sort of lost his mind and grabbed up a stick and hit him over the head with all his might, and Jubiter dropped in his tracks.
For I have already told the reader how much I was pestered by these odious animals, upon my first arrival; and I afterwards failed very narrowly, three or four times, of falling into their clutches, when I happened to stray at any distance without my hanger.
He had told Mildred that he was sick of being pestered, and she had better take herself off and not bother him again.
You don't know how Kutuzov is pestered since his appointment as Commander in Chief.
The children stopped their crying, Lamai retied Jerry with the stick, Lenerengo harangued herself breathless, and Lumai departed with hurt feelings for the canoe house where stags could sleep in peace and Marys pestered not.
He devel- oped the acute exasperation of a pestered animal, a well-meaning cow worried by dogs.
He evidently quailed under his jokes, and sat blinking like an owl in daylight, when pestered by the flouts and peckings of mischievous birds.
Satan lay sound asleep on his back under the billiard table, in his sleep brushing at the flies that pestered him.
Once this freakish, elvish cast came into the child's eyes while Hester was looking at her own image in them, as mothers are food of doing; and suddenly for women in solitude, and with troubled hearts, are pestered with unaccountable delusions she fancied that she beheld, not her own miniature portrait, but another face in the small black mirror of Pearl's eye.
The Egyptian newspaper correspondent, 35, pestered two women, a Jordanian delegate and an American journalist, making crude comments, hugging, pestering and touching them, prosecutors said.
IF you were walking down the road, speaking to somebody on your phone, and were then pestered by somebody to have your photo taken, would you be a little bit annoyed?
The court heard Bradley had pestered Nicole Shirley, 19, as he waited at a bus stop with his victims.