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.

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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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How to use varmint in a sentence

  • He was therefore sure of his supper; and the “varmint” was carefully deposited in the corner of the waggon.

    The Hunters' Feast | Mayne Reid
  • Pity we couldn't place a mine to blow 'em to blazes, or have a gun to shoot direct at the varmint.

    The Hero of Panama | F. S. Brereton

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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