Infest vs Pester - What's the difference?

infest | pester |


As verbs the difference between infest and pester

is that infest is to inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers while pester is to bother, harass or annoy persistently.

As an adjective infest

is (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing.

infest

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers
  • Insects are infesting my basement!
  • (pathology, of a parasite) To invade a host plant or animal
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    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing
  • (Spenser)

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    pester

    English

    Alternative forms

    * pestre (obsolete)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To bother, harass or annoy persistently.
  • Synonyms

    * badger * bug * hound

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