var·​mint | \ ˈvär-mənt How to pronounce varmint (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web How did a creature despised as a pest and a varmint, whose slaughter was once cheered and officially rewarded by California, become a darling and an icon? Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 The boa uses its muscles to move its prey down the length of its body to the stomach, where the unlucky varmint is digested over the next four to six days. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 The plot is a boilerplate revenge saga, with Love (Jonathan Majors, a true movie star) hunting the hide of the varmint Buck (Idris Elba), who killed his ma and pa, but the exhilaration is all in Samuel’s neo-exploitation execution. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 Lots of sunshine and clear blue skies are once again enveloping the Pharmalot campus, where the official mascot is sniffing about in search of varmint. Ed Silverman, STAT, 5 Sep. 2021 Despite the rain, there was a festive feel to the distribution, thanks in large part to the presence of a large, soggy, green-eyed varmint. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 Or take turns spotting with your buddy for some competitive plinking or varmint control. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 11 Nov. 2020 That’s why the line includes a wide range of ammunition for plinkers, target and competition shooters, and small-game and varmint hunters. Field & Stream, 2 Oct. 2020 Remington fitted its rifles with a 1:12 twist, which was ideal for lighter varmint bullets. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 21 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Varmint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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