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or var·ment

[vahr-muh nt]
  1. Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.
    1. vermin.
    2. an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.
  2. 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. argal3, parson) and parasitic t)
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Historical Examples of 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

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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


    G. J. Whyte-Melville

British Dictionary definitions for varment


  1. informal an irritating or obnoxious person or animal
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Word Origin for varmint

C16: dialect variant of varmin vermin
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Word Origin and History for varment



1530s, chiefly American English dialectal variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.

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