adjective (peskier; -est) Etymology: probably irregular from pest + 1-y Date: 1775 troublesome, vexatious <
pesky issues

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  • Pesky — Pes ky, a. [Etymol. uncertain.] Pestering; vexatious; troublesome. Used also as an intensive. [Colloq. & Low, U.S.] Judd. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pesky — 1775, originally in New England dialect, perhaps a dial. formation from pest (Cf. plaguy confounded, annoying, disagreeable ). Partridge suggests an origin in Essex dialect …   Etymology dictionary

  • pesky — [adj] bothersome annoying, disturbing, irksome, mean, nettlesome, peeving, provoking, troublesome, ugly, vexatious, vexing, wicked; concepts 529,537 Ant. pleasing, untroubling …   New thesaurus

  • pesky — ► ADJECTIVE (peskier, peskiest) informal ▪ annoying. ORIGIN perhaps related to PEST(Cf. ↑pest) …   English terms dictionary

  • pesky — [pes′kē] adj. peskier, peskiest [prob. var. of pesty < PEST + Y2] Informal annoying; disagreeable; troublesome peskily adv. peskiness n …   English World dictionary

  • pesky — [[t]pe̱ski[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Pesky means irritating. [INFORMAL] if he were a pesky tourist asking silly questions of a busy man …   English dictionary

  • pesky — UK [ˈpeskɪ] / US adjective Word forms pesky : adjective pesky comparative peskier superlative peskiest informal annoying …   English dictionary

  • pesky — mod. annoying; bothersome. □ I am going to kill that pesky fly! □ I’ve had a pesky headache all day …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pesky — peskily, adv. peskiness, n. /pes kee/, adj., peskier, peskiest. Informal. annoyingly troublesome: bothered by a pesky fly. [1765 75; alter. of pesty (PEST + Y1)] Syn. vexatious, irksome, bothersome, pestiferous. * * * …   Universalium

  • pesky — pes|ky [ˈpeski] adj [only before noun] informal especially AmE [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from pest] annoying ▪ Those pesky kids! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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