Dictionary.com

badger

[ baj-er ]
/ ˈbædʒ ər /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: badger / badgered / badgering on Thesaurus.com

noun
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.
Australian.
  1. a wombat.
  2. 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.
verb (used with object)
to harass or urge persistently; pester; nag: I had to badger him into coming with us.
QUIZ
FIRE UP YOUR VOCAB FOR A "RED" SYNONYMS QUIZ
No fire engine reds here, only a fierce collection of vibrant words for the color red to test yourself on.
Question 1 of 7
What does "amaranth" mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of badger

1515–25; variant of badgeard, perhaps badge + -ard, in allusion to white mark or badge on head

OTHER WORDS FROM badger

un·badg·ered, adjectiveun·badg·er·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use badger in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for badger

badger
/ (ˈbædʒə) /

noun
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
verb
(tr) to pester or harass

Word Origin for badger

C16: variant of badgeard, probably from badge (from the white mark on its forehead) + -ard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK