Definitions for verminˈvɜr mɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ver•minˈvɜr mɪn(n.)(pl.)ver•min.

  1. noxious or objectionable animals collectively, esp. those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, cockroaches, and rats.

    Category: Zoology

  2. an objectionable or obnoxious person, or such persons collectively.

  3. animals that prey upon game, as coyotes.

    Category: Zoology

Origin of vermin:

1300–50; < MF vermin(e) < L vermināre to be infested with maggots, to have racking pains

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vermin, varmint(noun)

    an irritating or obnoxious person

  2. vermin(noun)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. vermin(Noun)

    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.

  2. vermin(Noun)

    Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels.

  3. vermin(Noun)

    An obnoxious, or mean and offensive person.

  4. vermin(Noun)

    Such people considered as a group.

    Bring these gypsy vermin to the Palace of Justice.

  5. Origin: From vermis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vermin

    an animal, in general

  2. Vermin

    a noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels, rats, mice, flies, lice, bugs, etc

  3. Vermin

    hence, in contempt, noxious human beings

Freebase

  1. Vermin

    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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

vermin(noun)

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.

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