- 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 badgering
At that time Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were badgering her about legislating from the bench.Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s Hypocrisy About Activist Judges
March 21, 2012
CNN's John King: He was so annoying and such a badgering presence on stage that I wondered if he was running for president too.At Last, Some GOP Contenders
June 14, 2011
The badgering voice of the sheriff sounded again on his hearing.Mountain Blood
In badgering a witness with noisy derision, no barrister of Charles II.A Book About Lawyers
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.The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays
William B. Yeats
She got round me, badgering me, till I didn't know where I was.Orley Farm
- 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 badgering
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.