- Pester is defined as to pick on or irritate.
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
- Obsolete to overcrowd; cram
Origin: from 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- plush Vulgar Latin an unverified form pastoria, shackle (see pastern): meaning influenced, influence by pest
- pesterer noun
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transitive verb pes·tered, pes·ter·ing, pes·ters
Origin: 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).
- pesˈter·er noun