Adjective "badgered" definition and examples

(Badgered may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈbadʒə/

Definitions and examples

noun

A heavily built omnivorous nocturnal mammal of the weasel family, typically having a grey and black coat.
  1. 'I was born in this house and as a boy, I remember often seeing foxes, badgers and weasels around the place.'
  2. 'This is certainly the case with one of my favourite mammals - the badger.'
  3. 'The old prison is now a museum, and the nearby wildlife park has rare Scottish wildcats as well as silver foxes, badgers, deer and wallabies.'
  4. 'Raccoons, civets, jackals, badgers, skunks, and bears also eat fruit, honey, seeds, roots, and other plant foods.'
  5. 'Foxes, red squirrels, badgers, hares, otters, Scottish wild cats, seals and bottle-nose dolphins can be seen if you have the dedication to find them.'
  6. 'Prairie dogs also provide food for the swift fox, the coyote, weasels, snakes, badgers, hawks and golden eagles as well as crucial habitat for many other native plants and animals.'
  7. 'Wrens, ferrets, weasels, badgers, birds of prey, horses' heads and stoats are just a few of the creatures that populate the workshop at the back of his home in Delavale Road, Winchcombe.'
  8. 'They are carnivores like the stoat, weasel, otter and badger.'
  9. 'A badger's coat looks grey, but the individual hairs are black and white.'
  10. 'They do, however, both belong to the same Mustelidae family which also encompasses badgers, skunks and otters, and that's close enough for us.'

verb

Repeatedly and annoyingly ask (someone) to do something.
  1. 'Tom had finally badgered her into going'
  2. 'Dad's been badgering me to get a webcam for ages - since I arrived in Japan, actually - so we could videoconference with each other.'
  3. 'How many nine-year-olds can be bothered to empathise with the serving staff in the local mall, when their time could be much more profitably filled by badgering their parents for junk food?'
  4. 'This is merely badgering the witness and editorialising, so you know, Senator, on both grounds your propositions are out of order.'
  5. 'A great idea, except it doesn't really matter, because nobody minds if you betray them or not - next time, they'll still be badgering you for help.'
  6. 'My husband had been badgering me for months to tie up some savings in the bonds.'
  7. 'You can almost see the foam dripping from their mouths as they behave like lawyers badgering a witness.'
  8. 'He hated his mother for physically and mentally badgering him to fulfil her wishes.'
  9. 'Above all, though, I've constantly badgered my husband, friends and colleagues asking: ‘What's the time?’'
  10. 'Every Friday, the Boy tried to start his homework right when he got back, since the Twin always badgered him to, but it never worked.'
  11. 'My guess is, that clerk didn't feel stupid about it at all, until the Times reporter started badgering him.'

More definitions

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.

3. Australian. a wombat. bandicoot (def 2).

4. (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Wisconsin (the Badger State) (used as a nickname).

5. a swablike device for cleaning excess mortar from the interiors of newly laid tile drains. verb (used with object)

6. to harass or urge persistently; pester

More examples(as adjective)

"departments can be badgered."

Origin

(badger)Early 16th century: perhaps from badge, with reference to its distinctive head markings. The verb sense (late 18th century) originates from the sport of badger-baiting.