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varmint

[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.
Also, varment.
Origin
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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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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