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noun bad·ger \ˈba-jər\

Definition of badger

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of badger

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


First Known Use: 1523

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badger

verb bad·ger

Definition of badger

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

Examples of badger in a Sentence

  1. She finally badgered me into cutting my hair.

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Origin and Etymology of badger

from the sport of baiting badgers


First Known Use: 1782

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

BADGER Defined for English Language Learners

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noun bad·ger \ˈba-jər\

Definition of badger for English Language Learners

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


BADGER Defined for Kids

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noun bad·ger \ˈba-jər\

Definition of badger for Students

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


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verb bad·ger

Definition of badger for Students

badgered

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badgering

  1. :  to annoy again and again



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