What does badger mean?

Definitions for badgerˈbædʒ ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Wisconsinite, Badger(noun)

    a native or resident of Wisconsin

  2. badger(verb)

    sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere

  3. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer(verb)

    annoy persistently

    "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

  4. badger(verb)

    persuade through constant efforts


  1. badger(Noun)

    An itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a hawker; a huckster; -- formerly applied especially to one who bought grain in one place and sold it in another.

  2. Badger(Noun)

    A native or resident of the American state of Wisconsin.

  3. Origin: From bageard, from bage, from bage, referring to the animal's badge-like white blaze.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Badger(noun)

    an itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a hawker; a huckster; -- formerly applied especially to one who bought grain in one place and sold it in another

  2. Badger(noun)

    a carnivorous quadruped of the genus Meles or of an allied genus. It is a burrowing animal, with short, thick legs, and long claws on the fore feet. One species (M. vulgaris), called also brock, inhabits the north of Europe and Asia; another species (Taxidea Americana / Labradorica) inhabits the northern parts of North America. See Teledu

  3. Badger(noun)

    a brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists

  4. Badger(verb)

    to tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently

  5. Badger(verb)

    to beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain


  1. Badger

    Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the weasel family, Mustelidae. The 11 species of badger are grouped in three subfamilies: Melinae, Mellivorinae and Taxideinae. The Asiatic Stink badgers of the genus Mydaus were formerly included within Melinae, but recent genetic evidence indicates these are actually members of the skunk family, placing them in the taxonomic family Mephitidae. Badgers include the species in the genera Meles, Arctonyx, Taxidea and Mellivora. Their lower jaws are articulated to the upper by means of transverse condyles firmly locked into long cavities of the skull, so dislocation of the jaw is all but impossible. This enables the badgers to maintain their hold with the utmost tenacity, but limits jaw movement to hinging open and shut, or sliding from side to side without the twisting movement possible for the jaws of most mammals. Badgers have rather short, fat bodies, with short legs for digging. They have elongated weasel-like heads with small ears. Their tails vary in length depending on species; the stink badger has a very short tail, while the ferret badger's tail can be 46–51 cm long, depending on age. They have black faces with distinctive white markings, gray bodies with a light-coloured stripe from head to tail, and dark legs with light coloured stomachs. They grow to around 90 centimetres in length including tail. The European badger is one of the largest; the American badger, the hog badger and the honey badger are generally a little smaller and lighter. The stink badgers are smaller still, and the ferret badgers are the smallest of all. They weigh around 9.1–11 kg on average, with some Eurasian badgers weighing in at around 18 kg.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Badger

    baj′ėr, n. a burrowing, nocturnal, hibernating animal about the size of a fox, eagerly hunted by dogs.—v.t. to pursue with eagerness, as dogs hunt the badger: to pester or worry.—ns. Badg′er-bait′ing, the sport of setting dogs to draw out a badger from its hole; Badg′er-dog, a long-bodied and short-legged dog used in drawing the badger—the Ger. dachshund.—adj. Badg′er-legged, having legs of unequal length, as the badger was vulgarly supposed to have.—adv. Badg′erly, like a badger: grayish-haired, elderly.—To overdraw one's badger, to overdraw one's banking account. [Prob. from Badge and suffix -ard, in reference to the white mark borne like a badge on its forehead. Derivations connecting the word with O. Fr. blaier, thus meaning 'little corn hoarder,' in allusion to a popular notion about the animal's habits, seem to be erroneous.]

Anagrams for badger »

  1. barged

  2. garbed


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of badger in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of badger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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