or var·ment

[ vahr-muhnt ]
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  1. Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.

    • an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.

  2. a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person.

Origin of varmint

1530–40; variant of vermin (with regular outcome of Middle Englishĕr before consonant (cf. argal2, parson) and parasitic t) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use varmint in a sentence

  • The poor beasts have smoked for it: rabbit me, but I'd rather ride forty miles after a fox than ten with such varment.

    She Stoops to Conquer | Oliver Goldsmith
  • He was swearing wildly, and vowing vengeance on the "heathen varment" who had pinked him.

    Brothers of Peril | Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • I have fired that clumsy varment at the stump till my head ached and my shoulder was quite sore, and have hardly hit it once.

  • "I thought the old varment was a-fire already an' lookin' over my shoulder," explained Timothy, a minute later.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery | Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Ey'n join ye os soon os ey con scrush this varment's heaod agen a stoan.

    The Lancashire Witches | William Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for varmint


/ (ˈvɑːmɪnt) /

  1. informal an irritating or obnoxious person or animal

Origin of varmint

C16: dialect variant of varmin vermin

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