Definitions for: Badger

[n] sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
[v] persuade through constant efforts
[v] annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

Webster (1913) Definition: Badg"er, n. [Of uncertain origin; perh. fr. an old verb
badge to lay up provisions to sell again.]
An itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a
hawker; a huckster; -- formerly applied especially to one who
bought grain in one place and sold it in another. [Now
dialectic, Eng.]

Badg"er, n. [OE. bageard, prob. fr. badge + -ard, in
reference to the white mark on its forehead. See Badge,n.]
1. A carnivorous quadruped of the genus Meles or of an
allied genus. It is a burrowing animal, with short, thick
legs, and long claws on the fore feet. One species ({M.
vulgaris}), called also brock, inhabits the north of
Europe and Asia; another species ({Taxidea Americana or
Labradorica}) inhabits the northern parts of North
America. See Teledu.

2. A brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists.

Badger dog. (Zo["o]l.) See Dachshund.

Badg"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Badgered (?);p. pr. &
vb. n. Badgering.] [For sense 1, see 2d Badger; for 2,
see 1st Badger.]
1. To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or
irritate persistently.

2. To beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain.

Synonyms: beleaguer, bug, harass, pester, tease

See Also: American badger, Arctonyx collaris, bedevil, crucify, dun, Eurasian badger, ferret badger, frustrate, hog badger, hog-nosed badger, Meles meles, mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal, persuade, rag, sand badger, sway, Taxidea taxus, torment

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