One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Causing trouble; annoying.‘pesky mosquitoes’
damned, damn, damnable, wretched, accursed, rotten, horribleView synonyms
- ‘Jack needs to get rid of these pesky aphids and he needs the money to buy insecticide.’
- ‘In Glasgow or on the west Coast, you can barely walk down the road without bumping into a pesky little trattoria.’
- ‘Any pesky remnants of feelings she used to have for him would just have to be dealt with later.’
- ‘Trim as necessary and adhere to the top of the wood making sure to get out any pesky air bubbles.’
- ‘It turns out that mosquitoes are a pesky problem on his island in the South Pacific.’
Late 18th century: perhaps related to pest.
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