From Middle English molesten, from Old French molester, from Latin molestare (“to trouble, annoy, molest”), from molestus (“troublesome”), from moles (“a burden, difficulty, labor, trouble”); see mole.
- To annoy intentionally
- To disturb or tamper with.
- They have molested the church with needless opposition.
- To sexually abuse, especially a minor
- The woman who molested the child she was babysitting has been arrested.
to annoy intentionally
- molest in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- molest in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911