varmint

or var·ment

[ vahr-muhnt ]
/ ˈvɑr mənt /

noun

Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.
  1. vermin.
  2. an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.
a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person.

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Origin of varmint

1530–40; variant of vermin (with regular outcome of Middle Englishĕr before consonant (cf. argal2, parson) and parasitic t)
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Example sentences from the Web for varmint

  • That old woman I've trusted with him seems honest as the day, and does her duty by the varment well.

    Contraband|G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Ey'n join ye os soon os ey con scrush this varment's heaod agen a stoan.

    The Lancashire Witches|William Harrison Ainsworth
  • We sat down at the only spare table in the place, and looked round at the smug and varment citizens with whom the room was filled.

    Pelham, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for varmint

varmint
/ (ˈvɑːmɪnt) /

noun

informal an irritating or obnoxious person or animal

Word Origin for varmint

C16: dialect variant of varmin vermin
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