badger

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From Middle English bageard (marked by a badge), from bage (badge), from Anglo-Norman bage (emblem), referring to the animal's badge-like white blaze.

Noun[edit]

A badger

badger (plural badgers)

  1. A common name for any mammal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: Melinae (Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae (ratel or honey badger), and Taxideinae (American badger).
  2. A native or resident of the American state, Wisconsin.
  3. (obsolete) A brush made of badger hair.
  4. (in the plural, obsolete, vulgar, cant) A crew of desperate villains who robbed near rivers, into which they threw the bodies of those they murdered.
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badger (third-person singular simple present badgers, present participle badgering, simple past and past participle badgered)

  1. to pester, to annoy persistently.
    He kept badgering her about her bad habits.
  2. (UK, informal) To pass gas; to fart.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown (Possibly from "bagger". "Baggier" is cited by the OED in 1467-8)

Noun[edit]

badger (plural badgers)

  1. (obsolete) 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.
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Etymology[edit]

From English badge

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badger

  1. to use an identity badge
    Avant de quitter la pièce, il ne faudra pas oublier de badger.

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  • This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written badge- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.