ham·​ster | \ ˈham(p)-stər \

Definition of hamster 

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

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Literally calling her new husband a hamster on his birthday? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Sister Samantha Just Apologized to The Duchess on Live Television," 1 Oct. 2018 This rabbit or hamster cage also comes from designer Marc Ange, in collaboration with his friend and partner Frédéric Stouls. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "5 Pet Homes That Humans Will Envy," 26 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, cats can live 15 to 20 years, parrots 50 to 60 years, and hamsters only a few years. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "10 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet," 30 Aug. 2012 The marketing campaign involved an imaginary Framily called the Frobinsons led by a talking hamster played by Andrew Dice Clay. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Here’s the highlight reel now-former Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure made of his four years," 31 May 2018 In this wordless graphic novel-style picture book, Grace’s class wants a new hamster. Maria Russo, New York Times, "Standout New Picture Books," 9 Mar. 2018 Pet owners can enter their dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters and other non-human family members in the eighth annual Larry Himmel Patriotic Pet Contest. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Fair, parade and fireworks returning to Rancho Bernardo," 28 June 2018 Nearby, faire-goers were shaving ice for their own snow cones by jogging inside a giant hamster wheel. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Fire, hammers and robots: Maker Faire Kansas City takes over Union Station," 23 June 2018 At Henry Park, the Fun Zone will provide a variety of activities for kids, including bounce houses, laser tag, a double slide, mini golf, hamster balls, and more. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "'July In The Sky' Set For July 10," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hamster

: a small animal that is often kept as a pet


ham·​ster | \ ˈham-stər \

Kids Definition of hamster

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


ham·​ster | \ ˈham(p)-stər \

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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