[ vur-muh-nuhs ]
See synonyms for verminous on
  1. of the nature of or resembling vermin.

  2. of, relating to, or caused by vermin: verminous diseases.

  1. infested with vermin, especially parasitic vermin: verminous shacks.

Origin of verminous

1610–20; <Latin verminōsus infested with maggots; see verminate, -ous

Other words from verminous

  • ver·min·ous·ly, adverb
  • ver·min·ous·ness, noun
  • non·ver·min·ous, adjective
  • non·ver·min·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·ver·min·ous·ness, noun
  • un·ver·min·ous, adjective
  • un·ver·min·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·ver·min·ous·ness, noun

Words Nearby verminous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use verminous in a sentence

  • It seems incredible, but verminous heads are to be found in the ranks of well-to-do tradespeople.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
  • Nothing less than verminous is the readiness of the southern Europeans to prey upon their fellows.

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
  • There was, however, one very unpleasant feature of his prison life, the verminous condition of the whole building.

    The Life of George Borrow | Herbert Jenkins
  • They were dirty and verminous, and spread infectious diseases.

    My Little Sister | Elizabeth Robins
  • I found my way to my lodging in a filthy chak hostel, and threw myself down on the verminous bed.

    The Door Through Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for verminous


/ (ˈvɜːmɪnəs) /

  1. relating to, infested with, or suggestive of vermin

Derived forms of verminous

  • verminously, adverb
  • verminousness, noun

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