1. [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
We are pestered with mice and rats. --Dr. H. More.
A multitude of scribblers daily pester the world.
2. To crowd together in an annoying way; to overcrowd; to
infest. [Obs.] --Milton.
All rivers and pools . . . pestered full with
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
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,