vermin

noun ver·min \ ˈvər-mən \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of vermin

plural vermin
1 a : 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

Examples of vermin in a Sentence

  1. The room was crawling with roaches and other vermin.

  2. the vermin who looted abandoned houses after the hurricane

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1worm, 1-ine

vermin 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, varmint, jerk
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


VERMIN Defined for English Language Learners

vermin

noun

Definition of vermin for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

vermin

noun ver·min \ ˈvər-mən \

Definition of vermin for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

vermin

noun ver·min \ ˈvər-mən \

medical Definition of vermin

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


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