Definitions

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

  • n. Informal One that is considered undesirable, obnoxious, or troublesome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pestering animal such as one that kills or harasses a farmer's livestock.
  • n. A person who is obnoxious or makes trouble.

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

  • n. an irritating or obnoxious person
  • n. any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable; e.g., coyote

Etymologies

Variant of vermin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ca 1530-1540s From vermin derived from Latin vermis meaning "worm", a synonym usually for vermin. (Wiktionary)

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