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 pester; 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- + 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 *imp&amacron;st&omacron;ri&amacron;re : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Vulgar Latin *p&amacron;st&omacron;ria, a hobble, from Latin, feminine of p&amacron;st&omacron;rius, of a herdsman (from p&amacron;stor, herdsman; see p&amacron;- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present pesters, present participle pestering, simple past and past participle pestered)