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Meaning of VERMIN

Pronunciation:  'vurmin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats
  2. [n]  an irritating or obnoxious person

VERMIN is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: varmint
 See Also: animal, animate being, bad person, beast, brute, creature, fauna



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ver"min\, n. sing. & pl.; used chiefly as plural. [OE.
vermine, F. vermine, from L. vermis a worm; cf. LL. vermen a
worm, L. verminosus full of worms. See {Vermicular}, {Worm}.]
1. An animal, in general. [Obs.]

         Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the
         earth, and vermin, and worms, and fowls. --Acts x.
                                               12. (Geneva

         This crocodile is a mischievous fourfooted beast, a
         dangerous vermin, used to both elements. --Holland.

2. A noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious
   little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels,
   rats, mice, flies, lice, bugs, etc. ``Cruel hounds or some
   foul vermin.'' --Chaucer.

         Great injuries these vermin, mice and rats, do in
         the field.                            --Mortimer.

         They disdain such vermin when the mighty boar of the
         forest . . . is before them.          --Burke.

3. Hence, in contempt, noxious human beings.

         You are my prisoners, base vermin.    --Hudibras.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing vermin crawling in your dream means sickness and trouble. You may also be faced with many disappointments and obstacles.