Definition of badger in English:

badger

Syllabification: badg·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbajər
 
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noun

1A heavily built omnivorous nocturnal mammal of the weasel family, typically having a gray and black coat.
  • Several genera and species in the family Mustelidae, in particular the Eurasian Meles meles, which has a white head with two black stripes, and the North American Taxidea taxus, with a white stripe on the head
More 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
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  • 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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