1530-40; perhaps aphetic variant of empester,impester to tangle, encumber (though pester is found earlier than these 2 words) < Middle Frenchempestrer to hobble, entangle < Vulgar Latin*impāstōriāre to hobble, equivalent to im-im-1 + pāstōri(a) a hobble, noun use of Latinpāstōrius of a herdsman or shepherd + -āre infinitive suffix (see pastor); aphetic form apparently reinforced by pest (cf. -er6)
Don't pester them, but also don't hesitate to ask them for information on the review process.
There is only one reason why they are there: to get kids to pester their parents for the meals.
It's not enough for people to pester your boss for free tickets.
She didn't pester one with exercises, didn't exact hours of practice.
We've put together a quick and easy set of questions to gently pester post office patrons with as they exit the building.
When it's your own dog, the dog will pester you until you take it for a walk.
Obviously if you pester people they will get defensive.
After submitting a complaint, users will get a tracking number, so they can pester city officials if the problem persists.
British Dictionary definitions for pester
(transitive) to annoy or nag continually
pesterer, noun pesteringly, adverb
C16: from Old French empestrer to hobble (a horse), from Vulgar Latin impāstōriāre (unattested) to use a hobble, from pāstōria (unattested) a hobble, from Latin pāstōrius relating to a herdsman, from pastor herdsman
1524, "to clog, entangle, encumber," probably aphetic of M.Fr. empestrer "place in an embarrassing situation" (Fr. empêtrer, Walloon epasturer), from V.L. *impastoriare "to hobble" (an animal), from L. im- "in" + M.L. pastoria (chorda) "rope to hobble an animal," noun use of L. pastoria, fem. of pastorius "of a herdsman," from pastor "herdsman," from pascere "to graze." Sense of "annoy, trouble" (1562) is from influence of pest (q.v.).