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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, varment; the chiefly American English dialectal form varmint is attested from 1829; variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.


n. 1 A pestering animal such as one that kills or harasses a farmer's livestock or crops. 2 An obnoxious person or troublemaker.

  1. n. an irritating or obnoxious person [syn: vermin]

  2. any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable; e.g. coyote [syn: varment]

Varmint (album)

Varmint is an album by American jazz vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, which was recorded in 2008 and released on Cuneiform. It was the second recording with his quintet Rolldown, featuring cornetist Josh Berman, saxophonist Aram Shelton, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly.

Usage examples of "varmint".

He stood alone till Burr got there and the two of them cleaned out the whole kit and caboodle of the varmints.

Good kids, saucy kids, adventurous kids, ragamuffins, scally wags and young varmints, they all meant the country was alive and well.

He took a good fat yearling heifer, put her in a box-stall, and day after day put hundreds of clean baby ticks on her, holding her while these varmints crawled away beneath her hair to get a good grip on her hide.

Her two critters had been rubbing against his boots for over a month--he almost suspected the gal trained them to--but Travis silently prayed a wild predator would make a meal of the varmints.

That big cabin we built for him on Possum Key is up there yet, all thorn-growed and blind windows, and the varmints slinking in and out, and flowers growing through the chinks where wind and rot clear space for the sun and air.

Besides his whip, every man carried rifle and pistol to take care of any two-legged or four-legged varmints we might have to deal with.

Them moor-men is the worst varmints in the country, and the youngest is the black-heartedest, like foxes.

After that, concerned Milagro citizens commenced picking off the varmints from a distance, using high-powered guns and telescopic sights.

What with bastes, and varmints, and riptiles, and traes, and bushes, and rivers, it bates all creation.

The yeast in the beer is what attracts the varmints, while the alcohol befuddles them and makes it harder for them to climb out.

He had a keen ear for night sounds--the rustling of varmints, the cries of owls and bullbats, deer nibbling leaves, the death squeak of a rabbit when a coyote or bobcat caught it.

Flaster,” Dennis ventured, “since you bring up the subject, I’m sure we’re all interested in the centroid of that vicious little varmint that buzzed the party.

In my short years I'd had some going round and about with varmints, and although I hadn't my rifle with me, I did have a pistol and my Arkansas toothpick.

Well, the big news that week would be the arrival of a loaded immigrant ship from Thetis of Procyon, a planet whose ecology had been wrecked beyond repair in a few short generations by DDT, hydraulic mining, unrestricted logging, introduction of rabbits and house cats and the use of poison bait to kill varmints.

Them varmints is wuss’n redskins,--they’ve robbed me already of half my claims.