Definition of pester verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pester

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈpestə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestər//
 
[transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pester
BrE BrE//ˈpestə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestər//
 
he / she / it pesters
BrE BrE//ˈpestəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestərz//
 
past simple pestered
BrE BrE//ˈpestəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestərd//
 
past participle pestered
BrE BrE//ˈpestəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestərd//
 
-ing form pestering
BrE BrE//ˈpestərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestərɪŋ//
 
 
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to annoy somebody, especially by asking them something many times synonym badger pester somebody for something Journalists pestered neighbours for information. pester somebody with something He has been pestering her with phone calls for over a week. pester somebody/something The horses were continually pestered by flies. pester (somebody to do something) The kids kept pestering me to read to them. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the senses ‘overcrowd (a place)’ and ‘impede (a person)’): from French empestrer ‘encumber’, influenced by pest. The current sense is an extension of an earlier use, ‘infest’, referring to vermin.Extra examples They kept pestering him for his autograph. He has been pestering her with phone calls for a week. I knew he would keep pestering until he got an answer. She would pester him until she got exactly what she wanted. Stop pestering! The kids kept pestering me to buy them ice creams.
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