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or var·ment

[vahr-muh nt]
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  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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liar, swindler, wretch, scoundrel, bum, pig, monster, creature, woman, individual, soul, fellow, person, animal, man, critter, pet, beast, ruffian, tough

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British Dictionary definitions for varmint


  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 varmint


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

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