An example of vermin is this flea.
Vermin are animals, especially small ones, that are destructive pests.
An example of vermin are fleas.
- [pl.] various insects, rodents, or other small animals regarded as pests because destructive, disease-carrying, etc., as flies, lice, rats, or weasels
- [pl.]Brit. birds or other animals that kill game
- a vile, loathsome person
- [pl.] such persons collectively
Origin of verminMiddle English from Old French vermine from Classical Latin vermis, a worm
- Various small animals, such as rats or cockroaches, that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health.
- Animals that prey on farm animals or game or that destroy crops.
- People considered loathsome or repulsive.
Origin of verminMiddle English from Old French from Vulgar Latin vermīnum from Latin vermis worm ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural vermin or vermins)
- (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.
- (countable or uncountable) Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels.
- (countable or uncountable) Obnoxious, or mean and offensive person or people. [from 1560s]
- Bring these gypsy vermin to the Palace of Justice.