peskily

pesky

[pes-kee]
adjective, peskier, peskiest. Informal.
annoyingly troublesome: bothered by a pesky fly.

Origin:
1765–75; alteration of pesty (pest + -y1)

peskily, adverb
peskiness, noun


vexatious, irksome, bothersome, pestiferous.
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pesky (ˈpɛskɪ)
 
adj , peskier, peskiest
informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) troublesome: pesky flies
 
[C19: probably changed from pesty; see pest]
 
'peskily
 
adv
 
'peskiness
 
n

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pesky
1775, originally in New England dialect, perhaps a dial. formation from pest (cf. plaguy "confounded, annoying, disagreeable"). Partridge suggests an origin in Essex dialect.
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