badger

Badger is to bother. Persistently. On and on. Without stop. Relentlessly. Over and over. Endlessly. It comes from the name of that chipmunk-like animal that burrows into the ground.

If you badger someone, you get under their skin. A badger is an animal that digs tunnels under ground to keep warm. To badger can also mean to persuade someone through constant annoying efforts. You might badger your mom to add another hour to your curfew or badger your friend to give you a turn with a video game he has been hogging.

Primary Meanings of badger

1.
n
sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
2.
v
annoy persistently
Full Definitions of badger
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n sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere

Types:
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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
Type of:
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal
fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
2

v annoy persistently

Synonyms:
beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
Type of:
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
treat cruelly

v persuade through constant efforts

Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

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