What does vermin mean?

Definitions for verminˈvɜr mɪn

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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"


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. vermine, F. vermine, from L. vermis a worm; cf. LL. vermen a worm, L. verminosus full of worms. See Vermicular, Worm.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vermin

    ver′min, n.sing. and pl. a worm: a name for all obnoxious insects, as bugs, fleas, and lice; troublesome animals, such as mice, rats; animals destructive to game, such as weasels, polecats, also hawks and owls: any contemptible person, or such collectively.—v.i. Ver′mināte, to breed vermin.—ns. Verminā′tion; Ver′min-kill′er.—adj. Ver′minous, infested with worms: like vermin.—adv. Ver′minously. [Fr. vermine—L. vermis, a worm.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vermin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vermin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edwin Markham:

    I fear the vermin that shall undermineSenate and citadel and school and shrine.

  2. George Wither:

    I wonder how so insupportable a thing as a bookseller was ever permitted to grow up in the Commonwealth. Many of our modern booksellers are but needless excrements, or rather vermin.

  3. Henry Ward Beecher:

    The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is a human owl, vigilant in darkness, and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.

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