badger

{{11}}badger (n.) 1520s, perhaps from bage "badge" (see BADGE (Cf. badge)) + -ard "one who carries some action or possesses some quality," suffix related to M.H.G. -hart "bold" (see -ARD (Cf. -ard)). If so, the central notion is the badge-like white blaze on the animal's forehead (Cf. Fr. blaireau "badger," from O.Fr. blarel, from bler "marked with a white spot;" also obs. M.E. bauson "badger," from O.Fr. bauzan, lit. "black-and-white spotted"). But BLAZE (Cf. blaze) (n.2) was the usual word for this. An Old English name for the creature was the Celtic borrowing BROCK (Cf. brock); also græg (M.E. grei, grey). In Amer.Eng., the nickname of inhabitants or natives of Wisconsin (1833).
{{12}}badger (v.) 1790, from BADGER (Cf. badger) (n.), based on the behavior of the dogs in the medieval sport of badger-baiting, still practiced in 18c. England. Related: Badgered; badgering.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Badger — ist der Name mehrerer Orte: in Kanada: Badger (Neufundland und Labrador) in Großbritannien: Badger (Stropshire) in den Vereinigten Staaten: Badger (Iowa) Badger (Kalifornien) Badger (Kansas) Badger (Kentucky) Badger (Minnesota) Badger (Nebraska)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Badger — Badger, IA U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 610 Housing Units (2000): 232 Land area (2000): 1.691226 sq. miles (4.380256 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.691226 sq. miles (4.380256 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • badger — [baj′ər] n. pl. badgers or badger [16th c. term for earlier brock < bageard < ? ME bage,BADGE + ard, ARD, in allusion to white spot on face] 1. any of certain mammals of a family (Mustelidae) of burrowing carnivores (esp. genera Taxidea and …   English World dictionary

  • Badger — Badg er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Badgered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Badgering}.] [For sense 1, see 2d {Badger}; for 2, see 1st {Badger}.] 1. To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat down; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • badger — ● badger verbe intransitif Introduire son badge dans un lecteur pour accéder à un local ou en sortir, ou pour enregistrer ses horaires de travail. badger [badʒe] v. intr. ÉTYM. V. 1990; de badge. ❖ ♦ Introduire un badge (3.) dans un lecteur… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Badger, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 610 Housing Units (2000): 232 Land area (2000): 1.691226 sq. miles (4.380256 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.691226 sq. miles (4.380256 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Badger, MN — U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 470 Housing Units (2000): 228 Land area (2000): 1.332007 sq. miles (3.449882 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.332007 sq. miles (3.449882 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Badger, SD — U.S. town in South Dakota Population (2000): 144 Housing Units (2000): 66 Land area (2000): 1.064676 sq. miles (2.757498 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.064676 sq. miles (2.757498 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Badger — Badg er, n. [OE. bageard, prob. fr. badge + ard, in reference to the white mark on its forehead. See {Badge},n.] 1. A carnivorous quadruped of the genus {Meles} or of an allied genus. It is a burrowing animal, with short, thick legs, and long… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Badger — Badg er, n. [Of uncertain origin; perh. fr. an old verb badge to lay up provisions to sell again.] An itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a hawker; a huckster; formerly applied especially to one who bought grain in one place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • badger — I verb abuse, afflict, aggravate, aggrieve, annoy, annoy excessively, assail, bait, beset, bother, bully, chafe, discomfort, discommode, discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distress, disturb, disturb keenly, exasperate, excruciate, fret, goad,… …   Law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.