Aardvark Definition

ärdvärk
noun
A large, burrowing, nocturnal S African mammal (Orycteropus afer, order Tubulidentata) that feeds on ants and termites: it is squat and heavy with a long, sticky tongue and a long head ending in a round, piglike snout.
Webster's New World

(slang, particularly in the southeast US) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.

I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
Orycteropus aferanteaterant-bearfarrowedentate

Other Word Forms of Aardvark

Noun

Singular:
aardvark
Plural:
aardvarks

Origin of Aardvark

  • From Afrikaans aardvarken (obsolete), erdvark, from Afrikaans aarde (“earth”), (from Dutch, from Middle Dutch aerde) + Afrikaans vark (“pig”), (from Middle Dutch varken (“pig”)).Early European colonists in South Africa noticed that the animal was similar to a pig, while "aarde" hints at the animal's habit of burrowing.

    From Wiktionary

  • Obsolete Afrikaans aarde earth (from Middle Dutch aerde er-2 in Indo-European roots) vark pig (from Middle Dutch varken porko- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to aardvark using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

aardvark

Words Near Aardvark in the Dictionary