varmint 1530s, chiefly Amer.Eng. dialectal variant of VERMIN (Cf. vermin). Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.

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  • varmint — or varment [vär′mənt] n. [dial. var. of VERMIN, with unhistoric t] [Informal or Dial.] a person or animal regarded as troublesome or objectionable: also used as a generalized epithet of disparagement …   English World dictionary

  • varmint —    This word derives from vermin, which is itself used as a reproachful form of address, but an expression like ‘you young varmint’ means little more than ‘you bad boy’. It is mostly applied, in fact, to a mischievous child, especially a boy, but …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • varmint — var|mint [ varmınt ] noun count OLD FASHIONED 1. ) someone who causes trouble 2. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL a small animal …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • varmint — noun Etymology: alteration of vermin Date: circa 1539 1. an animal considered a pest; specifically one classed as vermin and unprotected by game law 2. a contemptible person ; rascal; broadly person, fellow …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • varmint — /vahr meuhnt/, n. 1. Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S. a. vermin. b. an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat. 2. a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person. Also, varment. [1530 40; var. of VERMIN… …   Universalium

  • varmint — noun a) A pestering animal such as one that kills or harasses a farmers livestock. b) A person who is obnoxious or makes trouble …   Wiktionary

  • varmint — Synonyms and related words: amphibian, animal, aquatic, beast, biped, brute, canine, cannibal, carnivore, cosmopolite, creature, creeping thing, critter, cur, dog, dumb animal, dumb friend, feline, gnawer, herbivore, hound, hyena, insect,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • varmint — var·mint || vÉ‘rmɪnt / vɑːm n. annoying or injurious person or animal; pest; vermin (Informal) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • varmint — [ vα:mɪnt] noun N. Amer. informal or dialect a troublesome or mischievous person or wild animal. Origin C16: alt. of vermin …   English new terms dictionary

  • varmint — noun (C) old fashioned someone, especially a child, who causes a lot of trouble …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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