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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: empestrer 'to prevent from moving properly', from Vulgar Latin pastoria 'something that ties animals' legs together'; influenced by pest

pester

verb
     
pes‧ter [intransitive and transitive]
to annoy someone, especially by asking them many times to do something:
She'd been pestered by reporters for days.
pester somebody for something
I can't even walk down the street without being continually pestered for money.
pester somebody to do something
The kids have been pestering me to buy them new trainers.

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