HyperDic: pest

English > 4 senses of the word pest:
NOUNstatepest, plague, pestilence, pestisa 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
statepest, plague, pestilenceany epidemic disease with a high death rate
person pest, blighter, cuss, pesterer, gadflya persistently annoying person
animalpestany unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
pest > pronunciation
Soundspeh'st
Rhymesabreast ... zest: 76 rhymes with ehst...
English > pest: 4 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningA 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.
Synonymsplague, pestilence, pestis
Narrowerbubonic plague, pestis bubonica, glandular plagueThe most common form of the plague in humans
pneumonic plague, pulmonic plague, plague pneumoniaA rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person
septicemic plagueAn especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream
Broaderepidemic diseaseAny infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
Spanishpeste, pestilencia, pestis, plaga
Catalanpesta, pestis, plaga
English > pest: 4 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningAny epidemic disease with a high death rate.
Synonymsplague, pestilence
Broaderepidemic diseaseAny infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
Spanishplaga
English > pest: 4 senses > noun 3, person
MeaningA persistently annoying person.
Synonymsblighter, cuss, pesterer, gadfly
Narrowernudnik, nudnick(Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest
Broadertormentor, tormenter, persecutorsomeone who torments
Spanishlapa, machacón, moscardón, moscón, pelma, pesada, pesado, peste, plaga, quiltro
Catalanborinot, corcó, pesta, plaga
English > pest: 4 senses > noun 4, animal
MeaningAny unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc..
Examples
  • "he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests"
  • "many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides"
NarrowerverminAny of various small animals or insects that are pests
Broaderanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, faunaA living organism characterized by voluntary movement

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