nounNorth American • informal or • dialect
- 1A troublesome wild animal.More example sentences
- The long punishing jaws of a borzoi can snatch up small and not-so-small varmints both wild or domestic with lightning speed.
- The biggest pests on the farm are the varmints - voles, gophers, wild turkey and quail.
- It might have come in handy if we ever spotted the Eastern Screech-Owl that disturbed our already suspect outdoor slumber, but the voluble varmint was well-hidden.
- 1.1A troublesome and mischievous person, especially a child.More example sentences
- And today we're in the badlands of cowboy capitalism, uncovering what the varmints have done to our retirement savings.
- It is our job to deal with these pesky varmints and stick fines on their windscreens.
- Down on the main street is the Number Ten Saloon where Wild Bill copped a bullet in the back from a hired varmint named Jack McCall.
mid 16th century: alteration of vermin.
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