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badger

[baj-er]
noun
1.
any of various burrowing, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, as Taxidea taxus, of North America, and Meles meles, of Europe and Asia.
2.
the fur of this mammal.
3.
Australian.
a.
a wombat.
b.
bandicoot ( def 2 ).
4.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Wisconsin (the Badger State) (used as a nickname).
5.
a swablike device for cleaning excess mortar from the interiors of newly laid tile drains.
verb (used with object)
6.
to harass or urge persistently; pester; nag: I had to badger him into coming with us.

Origin:
1515–25; variant of badgeard, perhaps badge + -ard, in allusion to white mark or badge on head

unbadgered, adjective
unbadgering, adjective


6. vex, bedevil, plague, worry, disturb, bait.
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badger (ˈbædʒə)
 
n
1.  ferret badger Compare hog badger any of various stocky omnivorous musteline mammals of the subfamily Melinae, such as Meles meles (Eurasian badger), occurring in Europe, Asia, and North America: order Carnivora (carnivores). They are typically large burrowing animals, with strong claws and a thick coat striped black and white on the head
2.  honey badger another name for ratel
 
vb
3.  (tr) to pester or harass
 
[C16: variant of badgeard, probably from badge (from the white mark on its forehead) + -ard]

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Word Origin & History

badger
1520s, from M.E. bageard, perhaps from bage "badge" + -ard "one who carries some action or possesses some quality," suffix related to M.H.G. -hart "bold" (see -ard). If so, the central notion is the badge-like white blaze on the animal's forehead (cf. Fr. blaireau "badger,"
from O.Fr. blarel, from bler "marked with a white spot"). But blaze (2) was the usual word for this. The O.E. name for the creature was the Celtic borrowing brock. In Amer.Eng., the nickname of inhabitants or natives of Wisconsin (1833).

badger
1794, from badger (n.), based on the behavior of the dogs in the medieval sport of badger-baiting.
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Badger definition


this word is found in Ex. 25:5; 26:14; 35:7, 23; 36:19; 39:34; Num. 4:6, etc. The tabernacle was covered with badgers' skins; the shoes of women were also made of them (Ezek. 16:10). Our translators seem to have been misled by the similarity in sound of the Hebrew _tachash_ and the Latin _taxus_, "a badger." The revisers have correctly substituted "seal skins." The Arabs of the Sinaitic peninsula apply the name _tucash_ to the seals and dugongs which are common in the Red Sea, and the skins of which are largely used as leather and for sandals. Though the badger is common in Palestine, and might occur in the wilderness, its small hide would have been useless as a tent covering. The dugong, very plentiful in the shallow waters on the shores of the Red Sea, is a marine animal from 12 to 30 feet long, something between a whale and a seal, never leaving the water, but very easily caught. It grazes on seaweed, and is known by naturalists as Halicore tabernaculi.

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