varmint

varmint

[vahr-muhnt]
noun
1.
Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.
b.
an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as a coyote or bobcat.
2.
a despicable, obnoxious, or annoying person.
Also, varment.


Origin:
1530–40; variant of vermin (with regular outcome of Middle Englishĕr before consonant (cf. argal3, parson) and parasitic t)

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varmint (ˈvɑːmɪnt)
 
n
informal an irritating or obnoxious person or animal
 
[C16: dialect variant of varminvermin]

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varmint
1539, chiefly Amer.Eng. dialectal variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.
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