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.

Definitions of badger
  1. noun
    sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
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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. verb
    annoy persistently
    synonyms: beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
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    type of:
    bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
    treat cruelly
  3. verb
    persuade through constant efforts
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    type of:
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
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