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 Move quietly and stay alert for mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, coyote, badger and porcupine. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff to Grand Canyon is one of Arizona's most gorgeous drives. Here's how to do it," 9 Oct. 2020 The most exciting discovery, Ryan said, was a badger just a couple of miles from downtown. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: Indianapolis has a ton of raccoons and we're not sure why," 22 Sep. 2020 Because besides being your state animal, badger are also a rabies vector. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Late Show's' Stephen Colbert launches how-to-vote websites for every state, including Wisconsin," 16 Sep. 2020 The partnership is featured in Native American storytelling, and scientists have studied coyote-badger cooperation for quite some time. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch a Coyote and Badger Hunt Their Prey Together," 10 Feb. 2020 The most common combination is one coyote and one badger, although two coyotes will sometimes join forces, Campbell-Smith says. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch a Coyote and Badger Hunt Their Prey Together," 10 Feb. 2020 The celebrated insouciance of the honey badger, a weasel, is nothing to the equanimity of the porcupine. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Is Staying In Staying Safe?," 31 Aug. 2020 Of its outfield players, only Kevin Kampl — the energetic midfield player who has become a sort of unofficial mascot for the Red Bull school of soccer, and who looks not unlike a honey badger from a distance — is older than 26. Rory Smith, New York Times, "P.S.G. wins, 3-0, and reaches its first Champions League final.," 18 Aug. 2020 Or the coyote can drive their prey underground for the badger, who is a digging expert, to dig and kill. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch a Coyote and Badger Hunt Their Prey Together," 10 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her job is to safely drive the bus and stay on schedule, not badger people about wearing masks. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Metro Transit to passengers: Mask up, please," 12 Nov. 2020 But Vance’s inquiry into Trump’s taxes is just badgering the president. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Will the US Supreme Court let Trump keep his many secrets?," 10 May 2020 The problem: She’s also black, typecast in supporting roles as a comic-relief maid and constantly badgered to read her lines like Hattie McDaniel. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Hollywood’ Gives Movie History a Sudsy Rewrite," 30 Apr. 2020 There were the oversized googly eyes, a jet pilot helmet straight out of Star Wars, and badger (maybe cat?) mask. Melissa Locker, Time, "Reporter Had No Idea His Facebook Filter Was on During Live Report and Results Are Highly Amusing," 25 Feb. 2020 Ava DuVernay’s four-part miniseries depicts Fairstein, as played by Felicity Huffman, as a win-at-all-costs prosecutor who badgered police and fellow prosecutors to secure confessions and hide exculpatory evidence from the defense. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Central Park 5 prosecutor loses book deal following fallout from Netflix miniseries," 7 June 2019 Besides urging women not to badger their husbands, the posters also advised those working from home to dress up and wear makeup. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Malaysian government tells women not to nag husbands during coronavirus lockdown," 1 Apr. 2020 Despite being known for his pugnacious style, particularly with Trump officials, Chris can hardly be expected to badger Andrew about New York’s response to the coronavirus. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Keeping Up With the Cuomos," 4 Apr. 2020 This is hard to do if, say, you are sent one-view-only videos or photos or, as in Sam's case, being badgered over likes and follows. Jenn Selby, refinery29.com, "What Exactly Constitutes Harassment On Instagram?," 24 Feb. 2020

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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 entry 1 + -ard; from the white mark on its forehead

Verb

from the sport of baiting badgers

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The first known use of badger was in 1523

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Last Updated

24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Badger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/badger. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for badger

badger

noun
How to pronounce badger (audio)

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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