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badger

[ baj-er ]
/ ˈbædʒ ər /
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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.

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Origin of badger

1515–25; variant of badgeard, perhaps badge + -ard, in allusion to white mark or badge on head
un·badg·ered, adjectiveun·badg·er·ing, adjective
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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
C16: variant of badgeard, probably from badge (from the white mark on its forehead) + -ard
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