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badger

Syllabification: badg·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbajər
 
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Definition of badger in English:

noun

1A heavily built omnivorous nocturnal mammal of the weasel family, typically having a gray and black coat.
Example sentences
  • They do, however, both belong to the same Mustelidae family which also encompasses badgers, skunks and otters, and that's close enough for us.
  • Both animals are related species and are members of the Mustelid family, which also includes mink, badgers and weasels.
  • A badger's coat looks grey, but the individual hairs are black and white.
2 (Badger) informal A native of Wisconsin.

verb

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Ask (someone) repeatedly and annoyingly for something; pester: journalists badgered him about the deals Tom had finally badgered her into going [with object and infinitive]: his daughter was always badgering him to let her join
More example sentences
  • Is the News of the World suggesting that the BBC should have released his name sooner so that other journalists could start badgering him earlier over the affair?
  • The friend that's always badgering you about why you're upset, the brother that wants an account of every boy his sister hangs out with.
  • Every Friday, the Boy tried to start his homework right when he got back, since the Twin always badgered him to, but it never worked.
Synonyms
pester, harass, bother, plague, torment, hound, nag, harry, tease, go on at
informal hassle, bug, get on someone's case

Origin

early 16th century: perhaps from badge, with reference to its distinctive head markings. The verb sense (late 18th century) originates from the formerly popular sport of badger baiting.

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  • Badger is probably based on badge (a LME word of unknown origin), with reference to the animal's distinctive facial markings. Use as a verb arose in the late 18th century and reflects the popularity at that time of badger-baiting, a pastime where badgers were drawn from their setts by dogs and killed for sport (illegal in the UK since 1830). The alternative name brock is a use of the Old English word for badger, one of the few words the Anglo-Saxons adopted from Celtic.

Words that rhyme with badger

cadger

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