- Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.
- an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.
- a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person.
Origin of varmint
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Examples from the Web for varment
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
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
- informal an irritating or obnoxious person or animal
C16: dialect variant of varmin vermin
Word Origin and History for varment
1530s, chiefly American English dialectal variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper