The definition of a badger is a small, furry mammal.(noun)
An example of a badger is a North American animal that has white markings on its face and long claws on its front feet.
To badger is to annoy, pester or get on someone's nerves.(verb)
An example of badger is nag someone to make their bed repeatedly.
See badger in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: 16th-c. term for earlier brock < bageard < ? ME bage, badge + -ard, -ard, in allusion to white spot on face
See badger in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Perhaps from badge. Word History: Our name for the Eurasian species of this mammal, which is noted for defending its burrow like a knight of old, may come from the badger's knightly emblem. The creature's white head with a broad black stripe on each side of the snout may have brought to mind a badge, hence badger. Good evidence supporting this theory is that an earlier name for the animal was bauson, which comes from the Old French word baucenc, usually referring to a white patch on a horse and also meaning “badger.” Bauson is first recorded by 1375, badger in 1523.
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