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

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 Lavinia the badger has a problem: A burglar is plundering her vegetable garden. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Clickety-Clackety Abracadabra!," 3 Aug. 2018 Zoo staff learned that the tradition of an animal predicting how long winter would continue originated in Europe with a badger or bear often providing the forecast. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awwww! Milwaukee zoo announces arrival of adorable baby groundhog. And he loves broccoli.," 24 June 2018 Dachshunds’ long snouts and bodies were perfectly suited for wriggling into the burrows where badgers hid, and by the 18th century, sausage dogs were being featured in hunting books. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Germany’s New Dachshund Museum Is Not Just for the Dogs," 10 Apr. 2018 Personal grooming for guys could become pricier since hair clippers and electric shavers are on the new list, as are items such as badger hair and boar bristle that are used in old-fashioned shaving brushes. Bruce Einhorn, latimes.com, "Trump's trade war is about to hit home — and your home is no exception," 11 July 2018 Hipsters and anyone else coveting the porous, soft-tipped luxury of badger-hair shaving brushes may be among the commenters, as the bristles also made the list published by the U.S. Trade Representative's office. Dave Mccombs And Andrew Hobbs, chicagotribune.com, "Badger hair, bull semen, MSG among products on Trump's China tariff list," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 While Republicans badgered Strzok and tried to catch him off-guard, Democrats mostly used their time to argue for the importance of the Mueller investigation. Aaron Blake, BostonGlobe.com, "6 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing," 12 July 2018 Officials cited examples such as whistling at a woman, badgering her for her phone number or following her on the street. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "France takes a step forward in fighting catcallers but falls short on setting age of consent," 20 May 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 The honey badger, known for being an aggressive animal, got into a tussle with an antelope at Etosha National Park in Namibia. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Antelope sends honey badger flying in epic fight," 6 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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