Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several carnivorous burrowing mammals of the family Mustelidae, such as Meles meles of Eurasia or Taxidea taxus of North America, having short legs, long claws on the front feet, and a heavy grizzled coat.
  • n. The fur or hair of this mammal.
  • n. Any of several similar mammals, such as the ratel.
  • transitive v. To harass or pester persistently. See Synonyms at harass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common name for any mammal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: Melinae (Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae (ratel or honey badger), and Taxideinae (American badger).
  • n. A native or resident of the American State of Wisconsin.
  • n. A brush made of badger hair.
  • n. plural A crew of desperate villains who robbed near rivers, into which they threw the bodies of those they murdered.
  • v. To pester, to annoy persistently.
  • v. To pass gas; to fart.
  • n. An itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a hawker; a huckster; -- formerly applied especially to one who bought grain in one place and sold it in another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a hawker; a huckster; -- formerly applied especially to one who bought grain in one place and sold it in another.
  • n. A carnivorous quadruped of the genus Meles or of an allied genus. It is a burrowing animal, with short, thick legs, and long claws on the fore feet. One species (Meles meles or Meles vulgaris), called also brock, inhabits the north of Europe and Asia; another species (Taxidea taxus or Taxidea Americana or Taxidea Labradorica) inhabits the northern parts of North America. See teledu.
  • n. A brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists.
  • transitive v. To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently.
  • transitive v. To beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To attack, as the badger is attacked when being drawn or baited; bait; worry; pester.
  • To beat down in a bargain.
  • Synonyms Pester, Worry, etc. See tease.
  • n. A badgeman; one entitled or required by law to wear a badge, as the police, licensed porters, and others.
  • n. A fossorial plantigrade carnivorous mammal, of the family Mustelidæ and subfamily Melinæ.
  • n. An artists' brush made of badgers' hair, used for blending or causing the pigments to melt or shade into one another and for imparting smoothness. A flat brush used for removing dust from a polished surface in some photographic and other chemical operations, etc.
  • n. The Lutraria vulgaris, a common conchiferous or bivalve mollusk of northern Europe. It is especially used as bait for the cod.
  • n. A sobriquet of a resident of Wisconsin, called the Badger State, in allusion to the abundance of badgers in it.
  • n. One who buys corn and other provisions to sell them elsewhere; a hawker; a huckster; a cadger.
  • n. An erroneous translation, in the English version of the Bible, of the Hebrew tahash, an animal whose skins are mentioned 13 times in the Old Testament as coverings for the ark of the covenant, the table of showbread, and the tabernacle itself, and once (in Ezek. xvi. 10) as a material for the shoes or sandals worn by women.
  • n. In Australia, the bandicoot, Perameles, and, rarely, the rock-kangaroo, Petrogale.
  • n. A soldier who wears short whiskers.
  • n. In angling, an artificial fly having a hackle of badger cock with a dark-brown, nearly black center and cream-colored points.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. persuade through constant efforts
  • n. a native or resident of Wisconsin
  • v. annoy persistently
  • n. sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere

Etymologies

Perhaps from badge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bageard ("marked by a badge"), from bage ("badge"), from Anglo-Norman bage ("emblem"), referring to the animal's badge-like white blaze. (Wiktionary)
Unknown (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _European badger and Glutton_; and in the south, the _Indian badger_; while in the Himalaya chain dwells another animal, closely allied to the badgers, called the _Wha_ or _Panda_.

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  • He'll produce a badger from a sack, and he'll proceed to stuff the badger down his pants.

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  • I often come down this lane at night, slowly, in case a badger is scurrying into the bank or a hare making off for the open fields, and in the early autumn the steep perspective here gives the full moon the look of an enormous poacher's lantern hanging up in the trees.

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  • There's plenty to choose from with Vietnam being top of his list but he stops short of anything too radical and releases a badger from the local zoo instead.

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  • With the political integrity, which has become this governments ‘leit motif’, Darling responded belatedly to outrage of our brave lads and lasses were living in badger sets He promised of £80 million of brand new shiny unaccounted-for money.

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  • States, for the animal there sometimes called a badger is the ground-hog, or Maryland marmot (_Arctomys monax_).

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  • (among the Indians a coward is often called a badger) he hissed; and he struck the suppliant down before him.

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  • Google Trends shows a steep climb in searches for the term "honey badger" starting in February, rising into this month.

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  • "You might as well call a badger civilized, then," said Thrower.

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  • BEHAR: We found out during the break that a badger is a weasel.

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    December 2, 2007

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    December 1, 2007

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    December 1, 2007

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    February 17, 2007

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    February 17, 2007