Definition of pester in US English:

pester

verb

[with object]
  • Trouble or annoy (someone) with frequent or persistent requests or interruptions.

    ‘she constantly pestered him with telephone calls’
    • ‘He irritates me because each time I pass, he blocks my way and pesters me to give money, and wastes my time.’
    • ‘He pestered his mother for a piano, and soon was trying to replicate the sound on a tiny Casio keyboard.’
    • ‘She pestered her parents for years to let her go to Germany, with which she had developed a fascination.’
    • ‘She might never have left home had her husband-to-be Patrick not pestered her with repeated proposals.’
    • ‘While on the hunt for a new job, she becomes fascinated with the middle-aged manager of a middle-aged clothing store and pesters him into hiring her.’
    • ‘The more she pesters him with emotional calls, the more irritated he becomes.’
    • ‘The idea of running around pestering my friends for votes is quite distasteful.’
    • ‘Poor Sarah Jane must have been wearing something that they liked as she was pestered from the moment we arrived.’
    • ‘I don't want a situation that we had in the past where people were pestering players for tickets ahead of big games.’
    • ‘Hayley apologises to Lisa for sticking her nose in the other day and pestering her about her husband, Alan.’
    • ‘Most of the popular girls from my school constantly pestered me for a picture of him, but I never gave them anything.’
    • ‘In 1975 she pestered her parents to go to see The Osmonds perform live at Earls Court in London.’
    • ‘My wife had been pestering me to take her shopping for the boys' presents, and I had been putting her off.’
    • ‘If he keeps pestering you, talk to a school guidance counselor or other adult you trust to intervene.’
    • ‘If your children are pestering you for super-trendy labelled gear, this is the place to visit.’
    • ‘Unscrupulous companies will instead pester you with annoying phone calls or unannounced visits.’
    • ‘He later bombarded the 43-year-old woman with calls on her mobile phone, pestering her for a date.’
    • ‘Emily split up from Rushton but he pestered her with constant text messages and phone calls.’
    • ‘Hundreds of youngsters got their first taste of a day at the races in the Rails Enclosure, with many pestering their parents to place bets for them.’
    • ‘No waiters pestered us to buy more drinks or ask us to vacate the table, even though there were probably hungry diners waiting upstairs.’
    badger, hound, annoy, bother, harass, trouble, plague, irritate, irk, chivvy, keep after
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Origin

Mid 16th century (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.

Pronunciation

pester

/ˈpestər//ˈpɛstər/