Definition of badger in English:
- 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
- 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.
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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.
Early 16th century: perhaps from badge, with reference to its distinctive head markings. The verb sense (late 18th century) originates from the sport of badger-baiting.
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.
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