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

Examples of varmint in a Sentence

  1. rats, mice, and other varmints

  2. The sheriff in the movie gets revenge on the dirty varmint who killed his brother.

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Origin and Etymology of varmint

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

varmint Synonyms

Synonyms
bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, jerk, vermin
Related Words
barbarian, brute, caveman, Neanderthal, savage; loudmouth, vulgarian; lowlife, miscreant, rascal, rogue, roughneck, scab, scamp, scoundrel, villain, wretch; booby, doofus [slang], fool, jackass, nincompoop, ninny, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, schmo (or schmoe) [slang]; airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, dink [slang], dolt, dope, dork [slang], goon, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, turkey; brat, insolent, nuisance, pest, snip; snob, snoot, snot; dweeb [slang], nerd
Near Antonyms
hero, heroine, idol, role model; gentleman, lady; angel, saint

Other Zoology Terms


VARMINT Defined for English Language Learners

varmint

noun

Definition of varmint for English Language Learners

  • : an animal that is considered a problem

  • : a bad person



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