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badger

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noun bad·ger \ˈba-jər\

Simple Definition of badger

  • : a type of animal that lives in the ground and has short thick legs and long claws on its front feet

Full Definition of badger

  1. 1 a :  any of various burrowing mammals (especially Taxidea taxus and Meles meles) of the weasel family that are widely distributed in the northern hemisphere b :  the pelt or fur of a badger

  2. 2 capitalized :  a native or resident of Wisconsin —used as a nickname

Origin of badger

probably from badge; from the white mark on its forehead


First Known Use: 1523

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badger

verb bad·ger

Simple Definition of badger

  • : to bother or annoy (someone) with many comments or questions

  • : to ask or tell someone again and again to do something

Full Definition of badger

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to harass or annoy persistently

Examples of badger

  1. She finally badgered me into cutting my hair.



Origin of badger

from the sport of baiting badgers


First Known Use: 1794

Synonym Discussion of badger

bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim <baited the chained dog>. badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy <badgered her father for a car>. heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker <drunks heckled the stand-up comic>. hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering <football players hectored by their coach>. chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging <chivied the new student mercilessly>. hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing <hounded by creditors>.

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