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varmint

or varment

[vahr-muh nt] /ˈvɑr mənt/
noun
1.
Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.
  1. vermin.
  2. an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.
2.
a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person.
Origin of varmint
1530-1540
1530-40; variant of vermin (with regular outcome of Middle Englishĕr before consonant (cf. argal3, parson) and parasitic t)
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  • "The varmint has run tu the nearest hole he could find," he said with a smile.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
  • I'd just like to look along the barrels of my gun at the varmint, as Jim calls him.

  • These were the trophies of the professional "varmint killer," a man hired by the month.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • I object, if you're meaning to tackle the varmint alone and single-handed, Phil!

  • A skunk's a varmint that don't stink tell ye meddle with him, but Hank Halliday stinks all the time.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I saw the critter when I was on the island—more'n that, the varmint chased me.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • He has heard the plot of those thieving, varmint red-skins through his wife, or some friend or other.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • A white man "cried" me off just like I was a animal or varmint or something.

  • I'm goin' to stop this business if I've got to kill every thievin' varmint in the Army o' the Cumberland.

British Dictionary definitions for varmint

varmint

/ˈvɑːmɪnt/
noun
1.
(informal) an irritating or obnoxious person or animal
Word Origin
C16: dialect variant of varminvermin
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Word Origin and History for varmint
n.

1530s, chiefly American English dialectal variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.

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