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Meaning & Definition of Pest in English

English

Pest

/pɛst/

noun

1. 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

    synonym:
  • plague
  • ,
  • pestilence
  • ,
  • pest
  • ,
  • pestis

2. Any epidemic disease with a high death rate

    synonym:
  • plague
  • ,
  • pestilence
  • ,
  • pest

3. A persistently annoying person

    synonym:
  • pest
  • ,
  • blighter
  • ,
  • cuss
  • ,
  • pesterer
  • ,
  • gadfly

4. Any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.

  • "He sprayed the garden to get rid of pests"
  • "Many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides"
    synonym:
  • pest

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Don't be a pest!