Definition of vermin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvərmən/


[treated as plural]
1Wild mammals and birds that are believed to be harmful to crops, farm animals, or game, or that carry disease, e.g., foxes, rodents, and insect pests.
Example sentences
  • Spilt feed, litter and standing water attract wild birds and vermin.
  • Who was to say that Old Macdonald only had domestic farm animals and traditional vermin?
  • Surely, the presence of these disease carrying vermin is totally unacceptable and it is high time the authorities do something about them!
1.1Parasitic worms or insects.
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, it is periodically infested with bugs and vermin, which can harass citizens, contaminate buildings, etc.
  • Some patients did not bathe, others were infested with vermin, and modesty was an issue, especially with female patients.
  • The area was filthy and vermin infested, the report stated.
1.2People perceived as despicable and as causing problems for the rest of society: the vermin who ransacked her house
More example sentences
  • You can hobble your way right down to Guantanamo Bay with the rest of the vermin.
  • She would probably be laughing about it with the rest of her vermin companions tonight.
  • In this Bharat, the uncivilised savages claim the mantle of culture and the traitorous vermin parade as sentinels of nationalism.



Pronunciation: /ˈvərmənəs/
Example sentences
  • I lived in some verminous dives in my youth, but spent a few glorious years in a Dinkytown flat and Uptown.
  • His cell became verminous, so did his hair and body.
  • At night, I toss and turn, and watch my trusty verminous companions scurrying to and fro.


Middle English (originally denoting animals such as reptiles and snakes): from Old French, based on Latin vermis 'worm'.

Words that rhyme with vermin

determine, ermine
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