- a wombat.
- bandicoot(def 2).
verb (used with object)
Origin of badger
Synonyms for badger
Examples from the Web for badgered
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of badgered
He had been badgered and baited to such an extent (as he thought) that he had not time to consider if it was wise or not.Miss Marjoribanks
Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
Mr Barnacle dated from a better time, when the country was not so parsimonious and the Circumlocution Office was not so badgered.Little Dorrit
He was not a man to be badgered by an anonymous writer in a newspaper.The Memories of Fifty Years
William H. Sparks
He badgered Padraig in the hope of making him tell where he had found them, but Padraig would not.Masters of the Guild
Catch her bothering herself again just to be badgered for it after!
Word Origin for badger
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.