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 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 The R-15 Predator was built with the varmint hunter in mind. John Haughey, Outdoor Life, 10 Apr. 2019 Whelen helped to popularize the round in his writings for Outdoor Life at a time when America was experiencing a surge in popularity in varmint shooting. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, 22 Jan. 2020 Camp guns should also be accurate enough to take care of varmints, do some plinking, put some meat in the pot, or be pressed into service for a day of hunting. Craig Caudill, Outdoor Life, 13 Nov. 2019 Dear Readers: Got a varmint problem? Poisoning rats and mice is bad for many reasons. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of varmint was circa 1539

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24 Apr 2021

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“Varmint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of varmint

chiefly US, old-fashioned + humorous
: an animal that is considered a problem
: a bad person

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