pesters

pester

[pes-ter]
verb (used with object)
1.
to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems.
2.
Obsolete. to overcrowd.

Origin:
1530–40; perhaps aphetic variant of empester, impester to tangle, encumber (though pester is found earlier than these 2 words) < Middle French empestrer to hobble, entangle < Vulgar Latin *impāstōriāre to hobble, equivalent to im- im-1 + pāstōri(a) a hobble, noun use of Latin pāstōrius of a herdsman or shepherd + -āre infinitive suffix (see pastor); aphetic form apparently reinforced by pest (cf. -er6)

pesterer, noun
pesteringly, adverb
pestersome, adjective
unpestered, adjective


1. annoy, vex, tease, disturb; irritate, provoke, plague; badger, harry, hector.


1. delight, entertain.
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pester (ˈpɛstə)
 
vb
(tr) to annoy or nag continually
 
[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]
 
'pesterer
 
n
 
'pesteringly
 
adv

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pester
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.).
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