vermin


ver·min

noun \ˈvər-mən\

: small insects and animals (such as fleas or mice) that are sometimes harmful to plants or other animals and that are difficult to get rid of

: very bad, unpleasant, or offensive people

plural vermin

Full Definition of VERMIN

1
a :  small common harmful or objectionable animals (as lice or fleas) that are difficult to control
b :  birds and mammals that prey on game
c :  animals that at a particular time and place compete (as for food) with humans or domestic animals
2
:  an offensive person

Examples of VERMIN

  1. The room was crawling with roaches and other vermin.
  2. <the vermin who looted abandoned houses after the hurricane>

Origin of VERMIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French vermin, vermine, from verm worm, from Latin vermis
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to VERMIN

Other Zoology Terms

altruism, integument

Rhymes with VERMIN

ver·min

noun \ˈvər-mən\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural vermin

Medical Definition of VERMIN

: small common harmful or objectionable animals (as lice or fleas) that are difficult to control

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