badger

noun
bad·​ger | \ ˈba-jər How to pronounce badger (audio) \

Definition of badger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 capitalized : a native or resident of Wisconsin used as a nickname

badger

verb
badgered; badgering; badgers

Definition of badger (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to harass or annoy persistently … the mill foreman so taunted the workers, so badgered them and told them that they dared not quit …— Sinclair Lewis

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Verb

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

Examples of badger in a Sentence

Verb

She finally badgered me into cutting my hair.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While honey badgers are listed as of least concern by the IUCN, their Botswana population is on CITES Appendix III because of concerns that they would be exploited in other African countries for use in traditional medicine and as bushmeat. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "What is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species?," 3 July 2019 The singer Patrick Stickles boasts a rabid-badger snarl, and his band’s ruckus is worthy of both humming along to and kicking walls to. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Political Punk Rock That Protests Its Own Singer," 21 June 2019 And people would enjoy training their dog to kill a badger. Nr Staff, National Review, "The Editors Podcast: Restarts, Rallies, and Regulations," 22 June 2019 The hall of mammals had sixteen permanent exhibits, which included buffalo, elk, white tail deer, raccoon, badger, red wolf, coyotes and many others. Dallas News, "Is the Dallas Museum of Natural History at Fair Park open to the public? Curious Texas investigates," 21 June 2019 Located in a neighborhood called Menlo Park, the shop advertises itself as suitable to the kind of man who would drink beer out of a honey badger’s scrotum. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 Why shouldn’t a badger who likes to snack on hot chocolate and lettuce sandwiches become best friends with a lonely and heroic grown man? Karen Valby, New York Times, "Turning Myths and Fairy Tales on Their Heads," 4 May 2018 In the light of the moon, from that night onward, the bunny band plays in the badger’s garden, causing the vegetables in it to grow like billy-o. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Clickety-Clackety Abracadabra!," 3 Aug. 2018 Animal bristles from boars, hogs and badgers — used by mustache and beard groomers — were spared the chop. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Winners and losers from Trump’s tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Worried because there were only freshmen to replace him, the player approached Moore in chemistry class, badgering him to step in. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "How Kenny Moore Became Football’s Unlikeliest of Heroes," 27 June 2019 June, whose anger is rich with possibility, is badgered into neutrality by the attentions of an insistent suitor. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Finding Refuge in “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Much Ado About Nothing”," 17 June 2019 In the series, the interrogation scenes are presented as a whirlpool of badgering, menace and cajoling. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Here's why the Cincinnati Reds' deal for Yasiel Puig was not bad," 8 June 2019 This kit from Van Der Hagen has everything dad needs to rediscover how refreshing a clean shave can be—safety razors, badger hair brushes, shave soap, and shaving mugs. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 Britain is a nation of animal lovers, a place where citizens are willing to take to the streets over fox hunting and badger culling. John Kelly, Washington Post, "U.K. animal lovers face a question: Is it right to kill one squirrel to save another?," 16 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, cookies and algorithms weaponize your online queries and badger you into buying. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Case for Buying Less Clothing," 4 Jan. 2019 But as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, friends noticed that Mr. Crimmins’s stage act was growing less funny and more harsh, full of ranting and badgering of audience members, as if wrestling with some kind of inner demon. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Barry Crimmins, Comic and Warrior Against Sex Abuse, Dies at 64," 1 Mar. 2018 Some said Strauss groped them barehanded during physicals, had them drop their pants even while examining them for a cough or heartburn, and badgered students to go home with him. James Freeman, WSJ, "Jim Jordan and Ohio State," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of badger

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for badger

Noun

probably reduction of bageard, badgerde, from badge + -ard; from the white mark on its forehead

Verb

from the sport of baiting badgers

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badger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of badger

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

badger

noun
bad·​ger | \ ˈba-jər How to pronounce badger (audio) \

Kids Definition of badger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a furry burrowing animal with short thick legs and long claws on the front feet

badger

verb
badgered; badgering

Kids Definition of badger (Entry 2 of 2)

: to annoy again and again

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