Definitions for verminˈvɜr mɪn
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noxious or objectionable animals collectively, esp. those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, cockroaches, and rats.
an objectionable or obnoxious person, or such persons collectively.
animals that prey upon game, as coyotes.
Origin of vermin:
1300–50; < MF vermin(e) < L vermināre to be infested with maggots, to have racking pains
an irritating or obnoxious person
any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats
"cereals must be protected from mice and other vermin"; "he examined the child's head for vermin"; "boys in the village have probably been shooting vermin"
Any one of various common types of small insects or animals which cause harm and annoyance.
The area was plagued by all sorts of vermin: fleas, lice, mice, and rats to name a few.
Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels.
An obnoxious, or mean and offensive person.
Such people considered as a group.
Bring these gypsy vermin to the Palace of Justice.
Origin: From vermis.
an animal, in general
a noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels, rats, mice, flies, lice, bugs, etc
hence, in contempt, noxious human beings
Vermin are pests or nuisance animals, especially those that threaten human society by spreading diseases or destroying crops and livestock. Use of the term implies the need for extermination programs. Since the term is defined in relation to human activities, which species are included vary from area to area and person to person. The term derives from the Latin vermis, and was originally used for the worm-like larvae of certain insects, many of which infest foodstuffs. The term 'varmint' has been found in sources from ca. 1530-1540s.
Translations for vermin
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
undesirable or troublesome pests such as fleas, rats, or mice
Farmers are always having trouble with various types of vermin; It is vermin such as these men that are trying to destroy society.
- هوام، حَشَرات طُفَيْلِيَّهArabic
- parasitaPortuguese (BR)
- das UngezieferGerman
- βλαβερά ζώα, παράσιτα, καθάρματαGreek
- parásito; chusma, gentuzaSpanish
- جانور موذیFarsi
- 해충, 해로운 동물Korean
- kenkėjai, parazitaiLithuanian
- parazīti; (par cilvēkiem) salašņasLatvian
- binatang perosakMalay
- ongedierte, gespuisDutch
- skadedyr, utøyNorwegian
- robactwo, szkodnikiPolish
- insecte dăunătoare; paraziţiRomanian
- паразиты; вредителиRussian
- škodci; háveďSlovak
- skadedjur, ohyraSwedish
- haşarat, zararlı hayvanTurkish
- 害蟲，害獸，害鳥Chinese (Trad.)
- шкідники, паразитиUkrainian
- ضرر رساں کيڑےUrdu
- vật hại, sâu hạiVietnamese
- 寄生虫，害虫，害鸟Chinese (Simp.)
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