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badger

[baj-er] /ˈbædʒ ər/
noun
1.
any of various burrowing, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, as Taxidea taxus, of North America, and Meles meles, of Europe and Asia.
2.
the fur of this mammal.
3.
Australian.
  1. a wombat.
  2. bandicoot (def 2).
4.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Wisconsin (the Badger State) (used as a nickname).
5.
a swablike device for cleaning excess mortar from the interiors of newly laid tile drains.
verb (used with object)
6.
to harass or urge persistently; pester; nag:
I had to badger him into coming with us.
Origin of badger
1515-1525
1515-25; variant of badgeard, perhaps badge + -ard, in allusion to white mark or badge on head
Related forms
unbadgered, adjective
unbadgering, adjective
Synonyms
6. vex, bedevil, plague, worry, disturb, bait.
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  • The badgering voice of the sheriff sounded again on his hearing.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • In badgering a witness with noisy derision, no barrister of Charles II.

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    John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • His head was tired from the corporal's badgering, or he would have been brighter.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks

    H. Irving Hancock
  • Coming here to be making an attack on me and badgering me and disparaging me.

  • She got round me, badgering me, till I didn't know where I was.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • But he took no notice, and went on badgering me for more stories.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • But Margaret was not to be moved from her good-humor by any amount of badgering.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
  • It took her six years of badgering her protector, from 1819 to 1825, to bring about the eviction.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
British Dictionary definitions for badgering

badger

/ˈbædʒə/
noun
1.
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 head Compare ferret badger, hog badger
2.
honey badger, another name for ratel
verb
3.
(transitive) to pester or harass
Word Origin
C16: variant of badgeard, probably from badge (from the white mark on its forehead) + -ard
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Word Origin and History for badgering

badger

n.

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).

badger

v.

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.

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