A badger coming out of its den.
- The definition of a badger is a small, furry mammal.
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.
An example of badger is nag someone to make their bed repeatedly.
nounpl. -·ers or -·er
- any of certain mammals of a family (Mustelidae) of burrowing carnivores (esp. genera Taxidea and Meles) of North America, Europe, and Asia, with a broad back, thick, short legs, and long claws on the forefeet
- the fur of a badger
- [B-]Informal a person born or living in Wisconsin, called the Badger State
Origin of badger16th-c. term for earlier brock from bageard from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle English bage, badge + -ard, -ard, in allusion to white spot on face
Origin of badgerby analogy with the former sport of baiting badgers
- 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.
- The fur or hair of any of these mammals.
- Any of several similar mammals, such as the ratel.
transitive verbbadg·ered, badg·er·ing, badg·ers
Origin of badgerPerhaps from badge Word History: From an etymological point of view, the badger may simply be “the one that wears a badge.” The Eurasian species of badger has a white head with a broad black stripe on each side of its snout, and the white area on its forehead may have brought to mind a badge, hence badger. This theory is supported by the fact that a common term for the badger in Middle and Early Modern English was bauson, which comes from the Old French word bausent, meaning “piebald, having a coat with black and white patches,” and also “badger.” The Old English word for the badger was broc, a word which survives in modern British English as brock, a word for the common badger, and also as the personal name Brock. Badger first appears in the early 16th century and eventually replaces brock and bauson in common usage.
- A native or resident of the American state of Wisconsin.