verminous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vermin +‎ -ous.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

verminous (comparative more verminous, superlative most verminous)

  1. Infested with vermin.
    The old beggar kept a verminous mongrel dog for a pet.
    The dog was constantly scratching his many verminous sores and welts.
  2. Actively unpleasant, contemptible, or otherwise reminiscent of vermin.
    • 1985, Lawrence Durrell, Quinx, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1350:
      They had brought all their own equipment with them, trade by trade, tongue by tongue; they travelled in ancient lorries or in slower carts with their verminous armfuls of keen-eyed children.

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