- Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.
- an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.
- a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person.
Origin of varmint
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Examples from the Web for varmint
Across the wilderness I once shot a varmint in the wilderness!Mitt Romney Finds the Funny in ‘America the Beautiful’ (VIDEO)
February 10, 2012
I'd just like to look along the barrels of my gun at the varmint, as Jim calls him.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
I object, if you're meaning to tackle the varmint alone and single-handed, Phil!Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
I saw the critter when I was on the island—more'n that, the varmint chased me.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
A white man "cried" me off just like I was a animal or varmint or something.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
Knowing only that he was "varmint" I endeavoured to kill him quickly with a spade.Ranching, Sport and Travel
- informal an irritating or obnoxious person or animal
C16: dialect variant of varmin vermin
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Word Origin and History for varmint
1530s, chiefly American English dialectal variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper