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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Synonyms for varmint


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, jerk, 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, vermin

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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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The auction site prohibits sellers on its marketplace from offering complete firearms of any kind, from varmint guns to Glocks. Los Angeles Times, "EBay bans assault rifle parts. Here’s how sellers get around it," 7 Aug. 2019 Here, experts explain how these little disease-carrying varmints are adapting to warming climates. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Summertime means disease-carrying insects. Here's what you should know.," 29 July 2019 Then there are the graphical touches: the tightening skin of a horse as its muscles swell to prep for full gallop; the crisp blades of prairie grasses between which flit all manner of varmints. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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