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ADJECTIVE (1)

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pester \Pes"ter\ (p[e^]s"t[~e]r), v. t. [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. [1913 Webster] We are pestered with mice and rats. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] A multitude of scribblers daily pester the world. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To crowd together in an annoying way; to overcrowd; to infest. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster] All rivers and pools . . . pestered full with fishes. --Holland. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pestering adj 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

90 Moby Thesaurus words for "pestering": adverse criticism, aggravating, animadversion, annoying, aspersion, bad notices, bad press, blandishment, bothering, bothersome, buttonholing, cajolement, cajolery, cajoling, captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, coaxing, criticism, demanding, disturbing, dunning, exasperating, exception, faultfinding, flak, galling, hairsplitting, harassing, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, importunate, importunateness, importune, importunity, imputation, insistent, irking, irksome, irritating, knock, nagging, niggle, niggling, nit, nit-picking, obloquy, overcriticalness, pesky, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, pettifogging, plaguesome, plaguey, plaguing, plying, pressing, pressure, priggishness, provoking, quibble, quibbling, rap, reflection, reproachfulness, slam, stricture, swipe, taking exception, teasing, tiresome, tormenting, trichoschistism, troublesome, troubling, urgency, urgent, urging, vexatious, vexing, wearisome, wheedling, worrisome, worrying