American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Various small animals or insects, such as rats or cockroaches, that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health.
- n. Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels.
- n. A person considered loathsome or highly offensive.
- n. Such people considered as a group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any noxious or troublesome animal: mostly used in a collective sense.
- n. A worm; a reptile.
- n. A noxious or disgusting insect, especially a parasite; particularly, a louse, a bedbug, or a flea, A mammal or bird injurious to game, aud mischievous or troublesome in game-preserves: chiefly an English usage. Such quadrupeds as badgers, otters, weasels, polecats, rats, and mice, and such birds as hawks and owls, are all called vermin.
- n. Hence A contemptible or obnoxious person; a low or vile fellow; also, such persons collectively.
- To rid or clear of vermin.
- n. countable or uncountable Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete An animal, in general.
- n. A noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, flies, lice, bugs, etc.
- n. Hence, in contempt, noxious human beings.
- n. any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats
- n. an irritating or obnoxious person
- From Norman vermin and Old French vermin, from Vulgar Latin *verminum (“vermin”), collective noun formed from Latin vermis ("worm"). See also worm. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vermīnum, from Latin vermis, worm; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Another American squatter was always sending over to borrow a small-tooth comb, which she called a vermin destroyer; and once the same person asked the loan of a towel, as a friend had come from the”
“All the quadrupeds which he met there were foxes, fuppofed by him to have been brought upon the ice; but of ufelefs animals, fuch as fea lions and penguins, which he calls vermin, the number was incredible.”
“Anyone who says resistance – even armed resistance – to such treasonous vermin is unpatriotic has things entirely backwards.”
“At first I was vilely treated, beaten by the women and children, clothed in vermin-infested mangy furs, and fed on refuse.”
“Then you vulgarly say to "exterminate the vermin from the party".”
“Do you know what this cowardly, secreting throwing vermin is (I'm not sure it's a vermin, don't let me throw you off).”
“Why should any resident have to suffer a likely increase in vermin simply because their neighbour doesn't like the look of a wheelie bin?”
“The happy Viking pagan custom of bad winter weather, foreign war, and obnoxious garbage eating vermin, is upon us.”
“What must be done to insure the safety of good people who are assaulted by roving bands of these vermin is not a subject fit for mixed company but rest assured something is being done.”
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