- a wombat.
- bandicoot(def 2).
verb (used with object)
- badger game,
- badger plane,
- badger skunk,
- badger state,
Origin of badger
Examples from the Web for 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|Michael Tomasky|March 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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.
I could have said that, but that was the day I was upset, because this guy kept on badgering me.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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
But that can be no possible reason for badgering the life out of his father's widow twenty years after his father's death!Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
She's badgering her in her quiet way incessantly,—as far back as when she caught sight of her in that dance at the Elderkins'.
The bare thought of those two badgering my Olivia was enough to drive me frantic.The Doctor's Dilemma|Hesba Stretton
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.