varmint

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Etymology[edit]

ca 1530–1540s[1] From vermin derived from Latin vermis meaning "worm", a synonym usually for vermin.

  • Also a term usually used in Westerns about undesirable animal pests or people, occasionally represented as "varmit".

Noun[edit]

varmint (plural varmints)

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

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