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PEST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pest mean? 

PEST (noun)
  The noun PEST has 4 senses:

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
2. any epidemic disease with a high death rate
3. a persistently annoying person
4. any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.

  Familiarity information: PEST used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PEST (noun)


Sense 1pest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

pest; pestilence; pestis; plague

Hypernyms ("pest" is a kind of...):

epidemic disease (any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pest"):

bubonic plague; glandular plague; pestis bubonica (the most common form of the plague in humans; characterized by chills, prostration, delirium and the formation of buboes in the armpits and groin; does not spread from person to person)

plague pneumonia; pneumonic plague; pulmonic plague (a rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person; characterized by lung involvement with chill, bloody expectoration and high fever)

septicemic plague (an especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream; does not spread from person to person)


Sense 2pest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any epidemic disease with a high death rate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

plague; pestilence; pest

Hypernyms ("pest" is a kind of...):

epidemic disease (any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people)


Sense 3pest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A persistently annoying person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

blighter; cuss; gadfly; pesterer; pest

Hypernyms ("pest" is a kind of...):

persecutor; tormenter; tormentor (someone who torments)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pest"):

nudnick; nudnik ((Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest)


Sense 4pest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Context examples:

he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests / many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides

Hypernyms ("pest" is a kind of...):

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pest"):

vermin (any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats)


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