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From Middle English vermyn, vermyne, from Old French vermine, from Vulgar Latin *verminum (vermin), collective noun formed from Latin vermis (worm). See also worm.





vermin (countable and uncountable, plural vermin or vermins)

  1. Any of various common types of small insects or animals which cause harm and annoyance. [from c. 1300]
    The area was plagued by all sorts of vermin: fleas, lice, mice, and rats to name a few.
    • 1903, Harry de Windt, “The Great Lena Post Road”, in From Paris to New York by Land, New York, N.Y.: Frederick Warne & Co. [], published 1904, →OCLC, part I (Europe and Asia), page 27:
      Vermin was everywhere; night and day it crawled gaily over the walls and ceiling, about our bodies, and into our very food, and, although the subject did not interest us, a naturalist would have delighted in the ever-changing varieties of insect life.
  2. An animal that preys on game, such as a fox or a weasel.
  3. An obnoxious or mean and offensive person. [from 1560s]
    Bring these vermin to the Palace of Justice.

Usage notes

  • The singular form "a vermin" is now rarely encountered, and the word is generally used as a plural.

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