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 Outside, by the sparkling pool, the lawn was studded with statues of Greek gods and human-size hamster balls. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "98 Million TikTok Followers Can’t Be Wrong," 20 Nov. 2020 Raechel stumbled into YouTube hamster stardom as a preteen. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Find a Lost Hamster," 17 Nov. 2020 Whether your best bud is a dog, a cat or a hamster, Chewy’s got something for you. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best non-Amazon Prime Day sales that are still happening," 15 Oct. 2020 They were joined by a number of dogs of all sizes and one hamster, who safely burrowed inside his cage. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Annual animal blessing draws masked, socially distanced group to St. Bridget of Kildare in Parma: Sun Postings," 5 Oct. 2020 Teigen and Legend, 41, are also pet parents to French bulldogs Penny and Pippa and bulldog Pepper, as well as a hamster named Peanut Butter. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Introduces Her Family's 'Fabulous New Friends' — Pet Birds Jasmine and Aladdin!," 31 Aug. 2020 For 13-year-old Lauralei Oathout, her hamster Bear has kept her busy in the absence of school socializing. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Homebound during a pandemic? More Alaskans decide now’s a good time to adopt a pet.," 25 May 2020 For example, hamsters exposed to the virus appear to show some signs of severe pneumonia. Mallory Pickett, Wired, "The Search for a Covid-19 Research Animal Model," 11 May 2020 Albert Heijn, a supermarket chain that organises annual hamster weeks, called off the yearly promotion that was supposed to start in April. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world Do you speak corona? A guide to covid-19 slang," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hamster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamster. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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