Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • So do you think I came to fight?
    And do I always think I’m right?
    Oh no I never meant to be a pest to anyone this time
    Oh no I only meant to be a friend to everyone this time

    ("Heirloom", by Sufjan Stephens)

    March 8, 2011

  • Norwegian for plague

    March 17, 2009

  • PEsT

    April 25, 2008

  • The eastern part of Hungary's capital, divided from Buda by the Danube river.

    January 1, 2008