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varmint

or var·ment

[ vahr-muhnt ]
/ ˈvɑr mənt /
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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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British Dictionary definitions for varmint

varmint
/ (ˈvɑːmɪnt) /

noun

informal an irritating or obnoxious person or animal
C16: dialect variant of varmin vermin
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