- 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 badgered
Throughout the 1970s Carter badgered the NATO allies to rearm.Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President
February 24, 2013
But we saw the same philosophy on North Korea, where he badgered the Bush administration to be tougher.Why Obama Won't Talk Tough
June 17, 2009
She might have badgered the heir of Ballawhaine, but she never did so.The Manxman
"Ye should have had my podner here with ye this mornin'," badgered Landy.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
Jason wanted to stop then but she badgered him into continuing.The Premiere
I should not have arrested that man if I had not been badgered as I was.Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe
He had badgered me—he was there to win if he could; I now was hot with the same design.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
- 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 badgered
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.