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 assault or sexually harass, especially a minor. Considered sexual abuse.
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