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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.
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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"
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Foot-passengers were mere pestering flies with an insane disregard for their legs and his convenience.
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.
What do you mean by pestering me to come to this dog-kennel of a place?" she continued, turning fiercely upon the partner of her existence and legitimate receptacle of all her superfluous wrath.
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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.
The Chelsea manager was getting it in the neck last week for having the temerity to blank a fan who was pestering him for a photo.
Drunk Gary Bradley had already repeatedly bitten a man who tried to stop him pestering a 19-year-old girl.
Nile Ranger, who currently plays for League One club Swindon Town, has been accused by a court of attacking the woman after pestering her for weeks 'to be his girl'.