ham·​ster | \ ˈham(p)-stər How to pronounce hamster (audio) \

Definition of hamster

: any of a subfamily (Cricetinae) of small Old World rodents having very large cheek pouches

Examples of hamster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More death: more dogs, more cats, a hamster, a guinea pig, a rabbit, some chickens. Sarah Paley, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2021 He is accused of squeezing the hamster to death during a domestic violence disturbance, according to a news release from the city of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Oct. 2021 This was a very cute animated film, told from the point of view of a hamster. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Since June, a German hamster named Mr. Goxx has been running an independent portfolio that trades cryptocurrency from a high-tech cage called the Goxx Box. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Unfortunately for them, there's a hamster determined to drive home the message. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 The hamster gets onto a wheel to determine which type of crypto to trade, and then goes down one of two corridors, which determines whether to buy or sell. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Teigen welcomed Peanut Butter into her home late last year after the family's original hamster, also named Peanut Butter, died. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 23 Aug. 2021 As of last week, DuPage County Animal Services was seeking homes for 117 cats, 36 dogs, 25 rabbits, six guinea pigs, two chickens, two parakeets and one hamster, Flamion said. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of hamster

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hamster

German, from Old High German hamustro, of Slavic origin; akin to Old Russian choměstorŭ hamster, of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan hamaēstar- oppressor

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The first known use of hamster was in 1607

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“Hamster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamster. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hamster

: a small animal that is often kept as a pet


ham·​ster | \ ˈham-stər How to pronounce hamster (audio) \

Kids Definition of hamster

: a stocky rodent with a short tail and large cheek pouches


ham·​ster | \ ˈham(p)-stər How to pronounce hamster (audio) \

Medical Definition of hamster

: any of numerous Old World rodents (Cricetus or a related genus) having very large cheek pouches and including several used as laboratory animals

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