- a wombat.
- bandicoot(def 2).
verb (used with object)
Origin of badger
Synonyms for badger
Related Words for badgeringannoy, bully, tease, pester, goad, harass, torment, heckle, hound, nudge, ride, needle, importune, eat, plague, harry, hassle, bug, bait
Examples from the Web for badgering
Contemporary Examples of badgering
At that time Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were badgering her about legislating from the bench.Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s Hypocrisy About Activist Judges
March 21, 2012
CNN's John King: He was so annoying and such a badgering presence on stage that I wondered if he was running for president too.At Last, Some GOP Contenders
June 14, 2011
Historical Examples of badgering
The badgering voice of the sheriff sounded again on his hearing.Mountain Blood
In badgering a witness with noisy derision, no barrister of Charles II.A Book About Lawyers
John Cordy Jeaffreson
His head was tired from the corporal's badgering, or he would have been brighter.Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks
H. Irving Hancock
Coming here to be making an attack on me and badgering me and disparaging me.The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays
William B. Yeats
She got round me, badgering me, till I didn't know where I was.Orley Farm
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.