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Webster 1913 Edition


Vermin

Ver′min

,
Noun.
s
ing.
&
pl.
; used chiefly as plural.
[OE.
vermine
, F.
vermine
, from L.
vermis
a worm; cf. LL.
vermen
a worm, L.
verminosus
full of worms. See
Vermicular
,
Worm
.]
1.
An animal, in general.
[Obs.]
Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and
vermin
, and worms, and fowls.
Acts x. 12. (Geneva Bible).
This crocodile is a mischievous fourfooted beast, a dangerous
vermin
, used to both elements.
Holland.
2.
A noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, flies, lice, bugs, etc.
“Cruel hounds or some foul vermin.”
Chaucer.
Great injuries these
vermin
, mice and rats, do in the field.
Mortimer.
They disdain such
vermin
when the mighty boar of the forest . . . is before them.
Burke.
3.
Hence, in contempt, noxious human beings.
You are my prisoners, base
vermin
.
Hudibras.

Webster 1828 Edition


Vermin

VERM'IN

,
Noun.
sing, and plu; used chiefly in the plural. [L. vermes, worms.]
1.
All sorts of small animals which are destructive to grain or other produce; all noxious little animals or insects, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, grubs, flies, &c.
These vermin do great injuries in the field.
2.
Used of noxious human beings in contempt; as base vermin.

Definition 2023


vermin

vermin

English

Noun

vermin (countable and uncountable, plural vermin or vermins)

  1. (countable or uncountable) Any one of various common types of small insects or animals which cause harm and annoyance. [from c. 1300]
    The area was plagued by all sorts of vermin: fleas, lice, mice, and rats to name a few.
  2. (countable or uncountable) Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels.
  3. (countable or uncountable) Obnoxious, or mean and offensive person or people. [from 1560s]
    Bring these gypsy vermin to the Palace of Justice.

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