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badg·er

 (băj′ər)
n.
1. 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.
2. The fur or hair of any of these mammals.
3. Any of several similar mammals, such as the ratel.
tr.v. badg·ered, badg·er·ing, badg·ers
To ask or nag (someone) about something in an annoying and persistent way; pester: badgered the boy into cleaning his room. See Synonyms at harass.

[Perhaps 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.

badger

(ˈbædʒə)
n
1. (Animals) any of various stocky omnivorous musteline mammals of the subfamily Melinae, such as Meles meles (Eurasian badger), occurring in Europe, Asia, and North America: order Carnivora (carnivores). They are typically large burrowing animals, with strong claws and a thick coat striped black and white on the head. Compare ferret badger, hog badger
2. (Animals) honey badger another name for ratel
vb
(tr) to pester or harass
[C16: variant of badgeard, probably from badge (from the white mark on its forehead) + -ard]

badg•er

(ˈbædʒ ər)
n.
1. any of various burrowing, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, as Taxidea taxus, of North America, and Meles meles, of Europe and Asia.
2. the fur of this mammal.
v.t.
3. to harass or urge persistently; pester; nag.
[1515–25; variant of badgeard, perhaps badge + -ard, in allusion to white mark on its head]

badger


Past participle: badgered
Gerund: badgering

Imperative
badger
badger
Present
I badger
you badger
he/she/it badgers
we badger
you badger
they badger
Preterite
I badgered
you badgered
he/she/it badgered
we badgered
you badgered
they badgered
Present Continuous
I am badgering
you are badgering
he/she/it is badgering
we are badgering
you are badgering
they are badgering
Present Perfect
I have badgered
you have badgered
he/she/it has badgered
we have badgered
you have badgered
they have badgered
Past Continuous
I was badgering
you were badgering
he/she/it was badgering
we were badgering
you were badgering
they were badgering
Past Perfect
I had badgered
you had badgered
he/she/it had badgered
we had badgered
you had badgered
they had badgered
Future
I will badger
you will badger
he/she/it will badger
we will badger
you will badger
they will badger
Future Perfect
I will have badgered
you will have badgered
he/she/it will have badgered
we will have badgered
you will have badgered
they will have badgered
Future Continuous
I will be badgering
you will be badgering
he/she/it will be badgering
we will be badgering
you will be badgering
they will be badgering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been badgering
you have been badgering
he/she/it has been badgering
we have been badgering
you have been badgering
they have been badgering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been badgering
you will have been badgering
he/she/it will have been badgering
we will have been badgering
you will have been badgering
they will have been badgering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been badgering
you had been badgering
he/she/it had been badgering
we had been badgering
you had been badgering
they had been badgering
Conditional
I would badger
you would badger
he/she/it would badger
we would badger
you would badger
they would badger
Past Conditional
I would have badgered
you would have badgered
he/she/it would have badgered
we would have badgered
you would have badgered
they would have badgered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.badger - a native or resident of WisconsinBadger - a native or resident of Wisconsin  
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
2.badger - sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong clawsbadger - sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
American badger, Taxidea taxus - a variety of badger native to America
Eurasian badger, Meles meles - a variety of badger native to Europe and Asia
ferret badger - small ferret-like badger of southeast Asia
Arctonyx collaris, hog badger, hog-nosed badger, sand badger - southeast Asian badger with a snout like a pig
Verb1.badger - annoy persistentlybadger - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
2.badger - persuade through constant efforts
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

badger

verb pester, worry, harry, bother, bug (informal), bully, plague, hound, get at, harass, nag, hassle (informal), chivvy, importune, bend someone's ear (informal), be on someone's back (slang) She badgered her doctor time and again, pleading with him.
Related words
collective noun cete
habitation set or sett

badger

verb
1. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
2. To torment with persistent insult or ridicule:
Informal: needle, ride.
Idiom: wave the red flag in front of the bull.
Translations
غُرَيْرغُريْريُضايِق بالألحاح
язовец
jezevecotravovat
grævlingplagechikanere
melo
mäyrä
jazavac
borz
greifingiáreita, hrella
アナグマ
오소리
barsukasįkyriai kaulyti
āpsisnelikt mierutirdīt
viezure
jazvec
jazbec
grävling
борсук
con lửng

badger

[ˈbædʒəʳ]
A. Ntejón m
B. VTacosar, atormentar (for para obtener) to badger sb into doing sthacosar a algn hasta que haga algo
stop badgering me!¡deja ya de fastidiarme!

badger

[ˈbædʒər]
n (= animal) → blaireau m badger baiting
vt (= pester) → harceler
to badger sb with questions → harceler qn de questions
to badger sb to do sth → harceler qn pour qu'il fasse qchbadger baiting ndéterrage m de blaireauxbad guy n (= baddy) (in film, story)méchant m; (in real life)méchant mbad hair day njour m sans
to be having a bad hair day → être dans un jour sans

badger

nDachs m; badger-baitingDachshetzjagd f
vtzusetzen (+dat), → bearbeiten (inf), → keine Ruhe lassen (+dat); don’t badger melass mich in Ruhe or Frieden; to badger somebody for somethingjdm mit etw in den Ohren liegen

badger

[ˈbædʒəʳ]
1. n (Zool) → tasso
2. vttormentare

badger

(ˈbӕdʒə) noun
a burrowing animal of the weasel family.
verb
to annoy or worry. He badgered the authorities until they gave him a new passport.

badger

غُرَيْر jezevec grævling Dachs ασβός tejón mäyrä blaireau jazavac tasso アナグマ 오소리 das grevling borsuk texugo барсук grävling สัตว์สี่เท้ามีขนสีเทาหัวมีลายเส้นสีขาวตัดกับขนสีเทา porsuk con lửng
References in classic literature ?
You are trying to draw me like a badger, but I won't be drawn
I tell you what, young fellow," said she, "I didn't bring you up by hand to badger people's lives out.
But the smell of badger was undeniable; and there were round heavy footmarks in the sand.
It is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger, who digged and made room for him.
First I thought I'd copy France out of the guide-book, like old Badger in the for'rard cabin, who's writing a book, but there's more than three hundred pages of it.
The world had thrown up a new type of gentleman altogether--a gentleman of most ungentlemanly energy, a gentleman in dusty oilskins and motor goggles and a wonderful cap, a stink-making gentleman, a swift, high-class badger, who fled perpetually along high roads from the dust and stink he perpetually made.
And here he proceeded to give a particular account of his sport, and the respective traits of prowess evinced by the badger and the dogs; my mother pretending to listen with deep attention, and watching his animated countenance with a degree of maternal admiration I thought highly disproportioned to its object.
The hounds have changed at last; and when we imagined we had a fox to deal with, od-rat it, it turns out to be a badger at last
If you want to badger me with any more of your infernal scruples," he said, "I for one won't hear them.
A female may be highly connected, but she can't be permitted to bother and badger a man in my position, and I am not going to put up with it.
And he knows where foxes and badgers and otters live.
And whenever any creatures got sick--not only horses and cows and dogs--but all the little things of the fields, like harvest-mice and water-voles, badgers and bats, they came at once to his house on the edge of the town, so that his big garden was nearly always crowded with animals trying to get in to see him.