An example of pester is a boy pulling his little sister's hair over and over again.
- to annoy constantly or repeatedly with petty irritations; bother; vex
- Obs. to overcrowd; cram
Origin of pesterfrom obsolete impester from Old French empestrer, origin, originally , to hobble a horse at pasture, entangle from Vulgar Latin an unverified form impastoriare from Classical Latin in-, in- + Vulgar Latin an unverified form pastoria, shackle (see pastern): meaning influenced, influence by pest
transitive verbpes·tered, pes·ter·ing, pes·ters
Origin of pesterProbably 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.)
(third-person singular simple present pesters, present participle pestering, simple past and past participle pestered)