vermin

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noun ver·min \ˈvər-mən\

Definition of vermin

plural

vermin

  1. 1a :  small common harmful or objectionable animals (as lice or fleas) that are difficult to controlb :  birds and mammals that prey on gamec :  animals that at a particular time and place compete (as for food) with humans or domestic animals

  2. 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>

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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VERMIN Defined for English Language Learners

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noun ver·min \ˈvər-mən\

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

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noun ver·min \ˈvər-mən\

Definition of vermin for Students

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vermin

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


Medical Dictionary

vermin

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noun ver·min \ˈvər-mən\

Medical Definition of vermin

plural

vermin

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



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