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pes·ky

 (pĕs′kē)
adj. pes·ki·er, pes·ki·est Informal
Troublesome; annoying: a pesky mosquito.

[Probably alteration of pest.]

pes′ki·ly adv.
pes′ki·ness n.
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pesky

(ˈpɛskɪ)
adj, peskier or peskiest
informal chiefly US and Canadian troublesome: pesky flies.
[C19: probably changed from pesty; see pest]
ˈpeskily adv
ˈpeskiness n
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pes•ky

(ˈpɛs ki)

adj. -ki•er, -ki•est.
annoying: a pesky fly.
[1765–75; alter. of pesty (pest + -y1)]
pesk′i•ly, adv.
pesk′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pesky - causing irritation or annoyancepesky - 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"
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pesky

adjective
Informal. Hard to treat, manage, or cope with:
Slang: mean.
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Translations

pesky

[ˈpeskɪ] ADJ (peskier (compar) (peskiest (superl))) (US) → molesto
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

pesky

[ˈpɛski] adj (= irritating) → casse-pieds inv
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

pesky

adj (+er) (esp US inf) → nervtötend (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

pesky

[ˈpɛskɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (Am) (fam) → fastidioso/a, noioso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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His record night seemed impossible at the start as Fajardo was hounded by a plethora of defenders and the Beermen's offense sputtered against the Hotshots' peskiness on both ends.
Vardy is a scampering symbol of this team, a rolling knot of energy, a perpetual portrait of peskiness. Principles don't get in the way of the search for Premier League points.
Abuevas peskiness and unnecessary actions drew the ire of TNT import Ivan Johnson as the two got into each others nerve in a heated fourth quarter after the Aces had mounted their comeback from 25 points down.