pestering


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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.pestering - causing irritation or annoyancepestering - causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
disagreeable - not to your liking; "a disagreeable situation"

pestering

noun
References in classic literature ?
The shopkeepers of the smaller sort, in Geneva, are as troublesome and persistent as are the salesmen of that monster hive in Paris, the Grands Magasins du Louvre--an establishment where ill-mannered pestering, pursuing, and insistence have been reduced to a science.
He said the witches was pestering him awful these nights, and mak- ing him see all kinds of strange things, and hear all kinds of strange words and noises, and he didn't believe he was ever witched so long before in his life.
He speaks of you as a sad young dog, but for all that is secretly proud of your skill at the bow and of the way you are pestering the Sheriff, whom he likes not.
The sons of all the chief men among you are pestering my mother to marry them against her will.
The cunning old Indian followed him to and fro, holding out a sea-otter skin to him at every turn, and pestering him to trade.
If you come pestering me any more with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you.
He seemed to hold Marilla and me responsible for it all, though we told him the pig didn't belong to us, and had been pestering us all summer.
What do you mean by pestering me to come to this dog-kennel of a place?
I knew his value, and I took the poor devil on the spot, without pestering him with any more questions.
Foot-passengers were mere pestering flies with an insane disregard for their legs and his convenience.
The two gentlemen having, by the greediness with which this little bait was swallowed, tested the extent of Mrs Wititterly's appetite for adulation, proceeded to administer that commodity in very large doses, thus affording to Sir Mulberry Hawk an opportunity of pestering Miss Nickleby with questions and remarks, to which she was absolutely obliged to make some reply.
Theobald would allow him none; he was pestering me for just one day in the country while the glorious weather lasted.