ver·​min·​ous ˈvər-mə-nəs How to pronounce verminous (audio)
: consisting of or being vermin : noxious
: forming a breeding place for or infested by vermin : filthy
verminous garbage
: caused by vermin
verminous disease

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Men, women and children languished there in conditions of almost unimaginable squalor, brutality, overcrowding, starvation, verminous infestation and neglect. Patrick Mcgrath, New York Times, 28 June 2018

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Word History


vermin + -ous, probably originally after Latin verminōs "infested with maggots," from vermin- (base of vermināre "to be affected with griping pains, to be infested with maggots"—latter sense by false association with vermis "worm"—derivative of vermina "racking pains") + -ōsus -ose entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of verminous was circa 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Verminous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


ver·​min·​ous ˈvər-mə-nəs How to pronounce verminous (audio)
: consisting of, infested with, or being vermin
: caused by parasitic worms
verminous gastritis

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