Definition of varmint in English:

varmint

Syllabification: var·mint
Pronunciation: /ˈvärmənt
 
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noun

North American informal or • dialect
  • 1A troublesome wild animal.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: alteration of vermin.

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