from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An annoying person or thing; a nuisance.
- n. An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.
- n. A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plague, pestilence, epidemic
- n. An annoying, harmful, often destructive creature.
- n. An annoying person.
- n. Someone with poor social discipline who continually bothers disinterested women.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fatal epidemic disease; a pestilence; specif., the plague.
- n. Anything which resembles a pest; one who, or that which, is troublesome, noxious, mischievous, or destructive; a nuisance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plague; pestilence; a deadly epidemic disease.
- n. Any very noxious, mischievous, or destructive thing, or a mischievous, destructive, very annoying, or troublesome person.
- n. Synonyms Infection.
- n. Scourge, nuisance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal
- n. a persistently annoying person
- n. any epidemic disease with a high death rate
- n. any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
French peste, pestilence, from Old French, from Latin pestis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French peste (=modern French), from Latin pestis (Wiktionary)