- noxious, objectionable, or disgusting animals collectively, especially those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, bedbugs, cockroaches, mice, and rats.
- an objectionable or obnoxious person, or such persons collectively.
- animals that prey upon game, as coyotes or weasels.
Origin of vermin
Examples from the Web for vermin
Without the beeps and whirs of a cellphone, you can use your ears to detect crickets, mice, or other vermin in your home.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
The RIP offers a clear window into the intersection of poverty and vermin.Crowdsourcing NYC’s War on Rats
June 24, 2014
“They kept the apartment filthy and they had vermin problems,” the neighbor says.NY Couple Not Terrorists, Say Cops, Just Rich Kids With Drug Habits
Michael Daly, Lizzie Crocker
January 1, 2013
If you thought Frankenstorm would rid Gotham of its vermin, think again.
Sandy may actually help the vermin spread diseases, as a matter of fact.
Did I not very particularly ask you whether there were any vermin in it?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
These vermin are more to be feared than hangman's cord or headsman's axe.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The world in general is under a mistake as to the nature of these vermin.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He belonged to the class of humanity which you can call by no other name than that of vermin.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Suddenly he thrust out an arm and appeared to crush some vermin against the wall.L'Assommoir
- (functioning as plural) small animals collectively, esp insects and rodents, that are troublesome to man, domestic animals, etc
- plural -min an unpleasant, obnoxious, or dangerous person
Word Origin and History for vermin
c.1300, "noxious animals," from Anglo-French and Old French vermin, from Vulgar Latin *verminum "vermin," possibly including bothersome insects, collective noun formed from Latin vermis "worm" (see worm). Extended to "low, obnoxious people" by 1560s.
- Any of various small animals or insects, such as rats or cockroaches, that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health.