ver·​min | \ ˈvər-mən How to pronounce vermin (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web My neighbor built a compost bin from old pallets and lined it with chicken wire to keep the scraps in and the vermin out. Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 14 June 2022 Faults in your foundation expose your commercial property to infestations by vermin. Robby Brown, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Back at her building, Russell examined a nearly 2-inch gap in the concrete window casing beside the front door, a place where rats and other vermin can get in. Alan Judd, ajc, 13 June 2022 Tenants at the Allen Fremont Plaza, 221 N.E. Fremont St., gathered in the courtyard of the three-story complex Wednesday, describing problems ranging from mold and vermin to homeless strangers camping in the building’s indoor common areas. oregonlive, 1 June 2022 Since late December, tenants at Chesapeake Apartments have filed complaints about issues that include mold, vermin and gas and electrical problems. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 The vermin also expose prisoners to infection and disease, according to the lawsuit. Stephanie Casanova,, 19 Feb. 2022 Even the widespread issue of rodents in buildings can have an effect on units, where vermin might chew on wiring and wear it down, making for a dangerous situation. NBC News, 12 Jan. 2022 The draft said vermin, loud noises and ground vibrations would likely invade the quiet space of the museum, which draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. Seth Freed Wessler, ProPublica, 20 May 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Vermin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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ver·​min | \ ˈvər-mən How to pronounce vermin (audio) \
plural vermin

Kids Definition of vermin

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


ver·​min | \ ˈvər-mən How to pronounce vermin (audio) \
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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