pest Definition

  • 1an insect or small animal that is harmful or damages crops, food, livestock, etc.
  • 2a person or thing that causes annoyance or irritation

Using pest: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pest" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The farmer used pesticides to control the pest infestation in his crops.

  • Example

    The house was infested with pests like cockroaches and mice.

  • Example

    He's such a pest, always bothering me when I'm trying to work.

  • Example

    The paparazzi can be a real pest to celebrities.

pest Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for pest

  • beneficial organism

Idioms Using pest

  • a pest in one's ear

    a persistent and annoying person who keeps talking or making requests


    He kept calling me and leaving messages, like a pest in my ear.

  • a dirty or unpleasant place, often infested with pests


    The abandoned building was a real pest hole, with rats and roaches everywhere.

  • to annoy or bother someone by being too persistent or demanding


    He made a pest of himself by constantly asking for favors and attention.

Phrases with pest

  • the regulation or management of pests, usually by using chemicals or other methods to reduce their population


    The company specializes in pest control services for residential and commercial properties.

  • a substance or device used to keep pests away from an area or object


    She sprayed the plants with a natural pest repellent to keep the insects from eating them.

  • a situation where pests are causing damage or harm to property or people


    The hotel had a serious pest problem, with bed bugs infesting many of the rooms.

Origins of pest

from Middle English 'pestilence', meaning 'plague'


Summary: pest in Brief

The term 'pest' [pest] refers to harmful insects or small animals that damage crops, food, livestock, etc. It also denotes a person or thing that causes annoyance or irritation, as in 'He's such a pest, always bothering me when I'm trying to work.' The term extends into phrases like 'pest control,' and idioms like 'a pest in one's ear,' denoting a persistent and annoying person.