[vur-muh-nuh s]
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  1. of the nature of or resembling vermin.
  2. of, relating to, or caused by vermin: verminous diseases.
  3. infested with vermin, especially parasitic vermin: verminous shacks.

Origin of verminous

1610–20; < Latin verminōsus infested with maggots; see verminate, -ous
Related formsver·min·ous·ly, adverbver·min·ous·ness, nounnon·ver·min·ous, adjectivenon·ver·min·ous·ly, adverbnon·ver·min·ous·ness, nounun·ver·min·ous, adjectiveun·ver·min·ous·ly, adverbun·ver·min·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of verminous

  • We had been warned by many travellers of the verminous condition of Spain.

  • The vessel was verminous, the food was bad, and the heat was oppressive.

    The Shadow

    Arthur Stringer

  • She shuddered as if some verminous thing had been held up to her gaze.

  • You never saw such a verminous tangled mess in all your life.

    Cue for Quiet

    Thomas L. Sherred

  • There is nothing for it but to throw the loathsome, verminous thing away.

    The Life of the Fly

    J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for verminous


  1. relating to, infested with, or suggestive of vermin
Derived Formsverminously, adverbverminousness, noun
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verminous in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or caused by vermin.
  2. Infested with vermin.
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