varmint

noun
var·mint | \ˈvär-mənt \

Definition of varmint 

1 : an animal considered a pest specifically : one classed as vermin and unprotected by game law

2 : a contemptible person : rascal broadly : person, fellow

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Examples of varmint in a Sentence

rats, mice, and other varmints The sheriff in the movie gets revenge on the dirty varmint who killed his brother.

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Much of Carl's ongoing hunt for the golf course-destroying varmint was added in post-production, after producer Jon Peters watched an unwieldy 4½-hour cut of the movie and brainstormed ways to structure the story. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Caddyshack': 5 wild things we learn about the Bill Murray comedy in new tell-all book," 24 Apr. 2018 Mike D’Antoni works the sideline like a rancher rounding up a posse to track down the varmint who stole his horse. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’, Rockets’ players in sync with home states’ vibe," 12 May 2018 Originally introduced during the Vietnam War, the Marine Corps purchased commercial Remington Model 40X bolt-action varmint rifles with heavy barrels, slapped on a Redfield 3-9x variable power scope, and gave them the designation M40. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Are Finally Getting a New Sniper Rifle," 4 Apr. 2018 Time There were no ceremonies to see if a varmint sees his shadow, and snow storms are still pummeling the Northeast, but mercifully, baseball’s interminable winter is over. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB's brutal winter is all but over. Here are the biggest winners and losers.," 12 Mar. 2018 One has a long barrel for use on varmints: coyotes, bobcats and foxes. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "America’s rifle: Why so many people love the AR-15," 27 Dec. 2017 Imagine a Western in which Walter Brennan goes gunning for the varmints who bushwhacked John Wayne. Joe Leydon, chicagotribune.com, "'The Ballad of Lefty Brown' review: Bill Pullman saddles up, gives one of his best performances," 14 Dec. 2017 But for many ranchers, wolves—like coyotes—are regarded as varmint to be eradicated. National Geographic, "Why We're So Divided Over Saving Wolves," 11 June 2017 There are many varied models of the 700 from varmint versions to full dressed out tactical versions. Joe Songer | Jsonger@al.com, AL.com, "10 most popular hunting rifles in Alabama," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of varmint

circa 1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for varmint

variant of vermin (with regular late Middle English opening of tautosyllabic er to ar and parasitic t)

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varmint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of varmint

: an animal that is considered a problem

: a bad person

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