vermin

noun
ver·min | \ ˈvər-mən \
plural vermin

Definition of vermin 

1a : small common harmful or objectionable animals (such as lice or fleas) that are difficult to control

b : birds and mammals that prey on game

c : animals that at a particular time and place compete (as for food) with humans or domestic animals

2 : an offensive person

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Examples of vermin in a Sentence

The room was crawling with roaches and other vermin. the vermin who looted abandoned houses after the hurricane

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The scientists theorize that the poison paint was used to protect the books from insects and vermin. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Three poisonous books were found in University of Southern Denmark’s library," 10 July 2018 What to do when a school is infested with vermin, when textbooks are outdated, when students can’t even read? Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "In America, Schools Aren’t Required to Teach Kids to Read and Write," 6 July 2018 The arsenic-containing pigment on the old books may have been used, not for aesthetics, but to protect the volumes from insects and vermin in the 19th century, according to the researchers. James Rogers, Fox News, "Deadly discovery: Poisonous books found in university library," 6 July 2018 Rather than fine innocent people, the managing agent should send a letter to shareholders reminding everyone of proper trash procedure, pointing out that leaving a mess in the compactor room is unsanitary and could attract vermin. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "For a Mess Made by a Few, Many May Be Punished," 28 Apr. 2018 Ku’s tenants in Hartford had reported living with vermin and other health hazards for years. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "HUD Secretary Upholds Pledge To Assist Beleaguered Tenants," 4 June 2018 Likethumb_up1 Replyreply Linklink Copy Reportflag justaguy22 1 hour ago Now, shooting vermin is considered news? Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Video shows a Md. deputy shooting a groundhog that was ‘acting oddly’," 7 May 2018 Handwashing seemed almost as much a problem as vermin for the nine Miami-Dade and Broward restaurants on this Rodent Report. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "When there's a rodent corpse in your restaurant, you can expect only one thing | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 For this installment, Entertainment Editor Rasputin Todd grapples with vermin. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "The diary of a broken man and his 'pet' raccoon," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of vermin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vermin

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from verm "worm" (going back to Latin vermis) + -in, -ine, suffix with diminutive or pejorative value, borrowed from Italian -ino, diminutive suffix, going back to Latin -īnus, suffix of appurtenance — more at worm entry 1, -ine entry 1

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vermin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vermin

: small insects and animals (such as fleas or mice) that are sometimes harmful to plants or other animals and that are difficult to get rid of

: very bad, unpleasant, or offensive people

vermin

noun
ver·min | \ ˈvər-mən \
plural vermin

Kids Definition of vermin

: small common harmful or objectionable animals (as fleas or mice) that are difficult to get rid of

vermin

noun
ver·min | \ ˈvər-mən \
plural vermin

Medical Definition of vermin 

: small common harmful or objectionable animals (as lice or fleas) that are difficult to control

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