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[vahr-muh nt] /ˈvɑr mənt/
Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.
  1. vermin.
  2. an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.
a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person.
Origin of varmint
1530-40; variant of vermin (with regular outcome of Middle Englishĕr before consonant (cf. argal3, parson) and parasitic t) Unabridged
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  • We sat down at the only spare table in the place, and looked round at the smug and varment citizens with whom the room was filled.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Ey'n join ye os soon os ey con scrush this varment's heaod agen a stoan.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • That old woman I've trusted with him seems honest as the day, and does her duty by the varment well.

    Contraband G. J. Whyte-Melville
British Dictionary definitions for varment


(informal) an irritating or obnoxious person or animal
Word Origin
C16: dialect variant of varminvermin
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Word Origin and History for varment



1530s, chiefly American English dialectal variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.

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