pestering

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pester \Pes"ter\ (p[e^]s"t[~e]r), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Pestered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pestering}.] [Abbrev. fr. impester, fr. OF. empaistrier, empestrer, to entangle the feet or legs, to embarrass, F. emp[^e]trer; pref. em-, en- (L. in in) + LL. pastorium, pastoria, a fetter by which horses are prevented from wandering in the pastures, fr. L. pastorius belonging to a herdsman or shepherd, pastor a herdsman. See {In}, and {Pasture}, {Pastor}.]

1. To trouble; to disturb; to annoy; to harass with petty vexations.

We are pestered with mice and rats. --Dr. H. More.

A multitude of scribblers daily pester the world. --Dryden.

2. To crowd together in an annoying way; to overcrowd; to infest. [Obs.] --Milton.

All rivers and pools . . . pestered full with fishes. --Holland.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pestering

adjective

1: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong" [syn: {annoying}, {bothersome}, {galling}, {irritating}, {nettlesome}, {pesky}, {pestering}, {pestiferous}, {plaguy}, {plaguey}, {teasing}, {vexatious}, {vexing}]

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