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Definition of "vermin" []

  • Various small animals or insects, such as rats or cockroaches, that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health. (noun)
  • Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels. (noun)
  • A person considered loathsome or highly offensive. (noun)
  • Such people considered as a group. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vermin" in a sentence
  • "I prefer the term vermin, but am happy that hooked me up the correct spelling for the former as I had totally blown it on my guesstimate."
  • "Another American squatter was always sending over to borrow a small-tooth comb, which she called a vermin destroyer; and once the same person asked the loan of a towel, as a friend had come from the"
  • "All the quadrupeds which he met there were foxes, fuppofed by him to have been brought upon the ice; but of ufelefs animals, fuch as fea lions and penguins, which he calls vermin, the number was incredible."