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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
References in classic literature ?
This is very difficult, what I'm doing now--and the pesky door is so thick!
It was most pesky tedious hard work and slow, and didn't give my hands no show to get well of the sores, and we didn't seem to make no headway, hardly; so Tom says:
"Bein' as how there's `Fresh Paint' signs hung all over the breedge, so 't a blind asylum couldn't miss 'em, I can't hardly account for your gettin' int' the pesky stuff."
Takes more'n a handful of them pesky critters to do for yours truly, Bill, my son."
We simply called him Pesky Pigeon because he kept trying to escape every time we went near him.
It's better to go the extra mile to keep our homes-and offices-free from those pesky mosquitoes now, rather than be sorry later.
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But if you want to protect yourself from the pesky monsters, ditch the traditional repellents and turn up the dubstep music.
PESKY PARTRIDGE just failed to make the bend when bidding for a hat-trick last time but is capable of doing so when he has a second crack at A2 company in the 9.27 over 380m.
"Bye Bye Pesky Fly" is a story with hidden morals, a kind of behavioral choices sampler for kids that offers choices for dealing with annoying or frustrating situations.
According to a body language expert, the Duchess of Sussex should leave the "pesky style of a clutch bag" to the Duchess of Cambridge.