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

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Recent Examples on the Web There were zip lines and human hamster wheels and concerts and live national media sets. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' Rick Fuson on Indy NBA All-Star Game: A glorious basketball set on Georgia Street," 15 Feb. 2020 Chrissy Teigen is hilariously fed up about all her fans questioning whether the family hamster, Peanut Butter, is alive. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Shares Hostage-Style Video to Prove Their Hamster Is Alive," 10 Jan. 2020 But after what has seemed like a personal best in whackadoodle statements over the last few weeks, cable-news networks and prominent Twitterati are ratcheting up the talk that the president’s wheel might still be turning but the hamster’s dead. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Without a Suitable Enemy, Trump Is Adrift," 28 Aug. 2019 Here, a young Michael and his pet hamster climb into a surreal fantastical world of snowball-throwing panda bears and Christmas trees made of TV sets. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "'December Song': Why You Should Unwrap George Michael's Other Christmas Tune," 4 Dec. 2019 Her puppies, more like hamsters, piled on a plush bed. Kitson Jazynka, Washington Post, "How a dull-coated dog brightened my relationship with my sons," 14 Oct. 2019 The current prototype looks more like a semi-autonomous hamster wheel with a drone at the center. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This shapeshifting robot could explore other planets," 25 Sep. 2019 In all, investigators rescued four dogs, two cats, nine guinea pigs, 12 rabbits, four hamsters, 10 flying opossums, 14 birds, two geckos, one tortoise, one hedgehog, seven bearded dragons, 95 mice and 83 rats, according to the news release. Fox News, "'Deplorable' Florida home leads to arrests; 3 children, more than 240 animals taken," 22 Oct. 2019 Investigators counted 95 mice, 60 rats, 23 baby rats, 14 birds, 12 rabbits, 10 flying opossums, nine guinea pigs, seven bearded dragons, four dogs, four hamsters, two cats, two geckos, a tortoise and a hedgehog. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police remove 3 kids, 245 animals from ‘deplorable’ home," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hamster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamster. Accessed 3 Apr. 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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