- any of various burrowing, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, as Taxidea taxus, of North America, and Meles meles, of Europe and Asia.
- the fur of this mammal.
- a wombat.
- bandicoot(def 2).
- (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Wisconsin (the Badger State) (used as a nickname).
- a swablike device for cleaning excess mortar from the interiors of newly laid tile drains.
- to harass or urge persistently; pester; nag: I had to badger him into coming with us.
Origin of badger
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Examples from the Web for badger
Lynette Clark, a leader of the Alaskan Independence Party, said that she was encouraged by the news of out of the Badger State.Wisconsin’s GOP Secession Panic
May 2, 2014
But I liked what they did with Elliott and Gretchen, the lasers with Badger and Skinny Pete.How I Write: Tracy Chevalier
November 13, 2013
Badger wasn't the only one who risked his life to stop the carnage.Can Collective Action Stop Mass Shooters?
December 18, 2012
Badger, a retired U.S. army officer, recalls Loughner pointing a gun at his face.Aurora Murders Rekindle Horrific Memories for Survivors of the 2011 Tucson Shootings
July 28, 2012
Badger and her boyfriend went out to the garage to wrap presents.Madonna Badger’s ‘Today’ Interview Shouldn’t Ignore Fire’s Tragic Lessons
June 21, 2012
When the boy had gone Faust came forth from his hiding like a badger.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
So they played the game of "Badger in the Bag," kicking it around the hall.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
It would surprise you to know how many of them badger and threaten us.Commercialism and Journalism
One of the horses lunged forward, stumbling in a badger hole.The Law-Breakers
You've got a face like a child, and yet you're as grey as a badger.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- any of various stocky omnivorous musteline mammals of the subfamily Melinae, such as Meles meles (Eurasian badger), occurring in Europe, Asia, and North America: order Carnivora (carnivores). They are typically large burrowing animals, with strong claws and a thick coat striped black and white on the headCompare ferret badger, hog badger
- honey badger another name for ratel
- (tr) to pester or harass
Word Origin and History for badger
1520s, perhaps from bage "badge" (see badge) + -ard "one who carries some action or possesses some quality," suffix related to Middle High German -hart "bold" (see -ard). If so, the central notion is the badge-like white blaze on the animal's forehead (cf. French blaireau "badger," from Old French blarel, from bler "marked with a white spot;" also obsolete Middle English bauson "badger," from Old French bauzan, literally "black-and-white spotted"). But blaze (n.2) was the usual word for this.
An Old English name for the creature was the Celtic borrowing brock; also græg (Middle English grei, grey). In American English, the nickname of inhabitants or natives of Wisconsin (1833).
1790, from badger (n.), based on the behavior of the dogs in the medieval sport of badger-baiting, still practiced in 18c. England. Related: Badgered; badgering.