I want to know whether the verb pester can be used to describe a person.

Can a sentence be made like this:

Don’t be a pester.

  • For your sentence, you'd use "Don't pester me/him/whoever" or "Stop pestering me/him/whoever". – user195888 Oct 20 '16 at 14:07
  • A Barrel Full of Words: A Treasury of Wordplay By Jim Wegryn contains: 'Why does a pest pester [rather than] a pester pest?' – Edwin Ashworth Oct 20 '16 at 14:42
  • @EdwinAshworth For that matter, why doesn't a pest pestle? – MetaEd Oct 20 '16 at 18:49

No, the noun equivalent is simply pest.

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  • "We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed." Okay, but the answer just so happened to be very trivial and simple in this case...in fact, OP could have just used a dictionary and gotten the answer to the question. – AleksandrH Oct 20 '16 at 14:22
  • Yes, certain questions don't need to be overthought – K Dog Oct 20 '16 at 14:23
  • As Dan Bron has said, 'Answering [obviously] off-topic questions on the ... site sends the wrong message to the user-base.' OP has included no signs that they have researched either the availability of 'pester' as an agent noun or the possibility of there being a related form. This is general reference; certain questions are unsuitable for the ELU format. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 20 '16 at 14:30
  • @EdwinAshworth I agree, the question should be put on hold (though it won't change much, as the OP already has an answer) – AleksandrH Oct 20 '16 at 14:36
  • @AleksandrH It changes the way people regard and treat the site. I automatically downvote answers to obviously inappropriate questions, for the same reason, if (a) the answer has been upvoted and/or (b) the answerer has a rep higher than say 3000. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 20 '16 at 14:57

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