• WordNet 3.6
    • n vermin any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats "cereals must be protected from mice and other vermin","he examined the child's head for vermin","boys in the village have probably been shooting vermin"
    • n vermin an irritating or obnoxious person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vermin A noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, flies, lice, bugs, etc. "Cruel hounds or some foul vermin .""Great injuries these vermin , mice and rats, do in the field.""They disdain such vermin when the mighty boar of the forest . . . is before them."
    • Vermin An animal, in general. "Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and vermin , and worms, and fowls.""This crocodile is a mischievous fourfooted beast, a dangerous vermin , used to both elements."
    • Vermin Hence, in contempt, noxious human beings. "You are my prisoners, base vermin ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vermin Any noxious or troublesome animal: mostly used in a collective sense.
    • n vermin A worm; a reptile.
    • n vermin A noxious or disgusting insect, especially a parasite; particularly, a louse, a bedbug, or a flea, A mammal or bird injurious to game, aud mischievous or troublesome in game-preserves: chiefly an English usage. Such quadrupeds as badgers, otters, weasels, polecats, rats, and mice, and such birds as hawks and owls, are all called vermin.
    • n vermin Hence A contemptible or obnoxious person; a low or vile fellow; also, such persons collectively.
    • vermin To rid or clear of vermin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing., pl Vermin ver′min a worm: a name for all obnoxious insects, as bugs, fleas, and lice; troublesome animals, such as mice, rats; animals destructive to game, such as weasels, polecats, also hawks and owls: any contemptible person, or such collectively
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  • Edwin Markham
    “I fear the vermin that shall undermineSenate and citadel and school and shrine.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vermine, F. vermine, from L. vermis, a worm; cf. LL. vermen, a worm, L. verminosus, full of worms. See Vermicular Worm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. vermine—L. vermis, a worm.


In literature:

It is not a nesting place for destructive birds or vermin.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
They have the typical characters of vermin; unproductive activity combined with disproportionate destructiveness.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
They wash the sheep with it to destroy the vermin in them.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
They were discovered there not long since; but damp and vermin had rendered them wholly illegible.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
Though I had escaped from one description of vermin, I became a prey to innumerable gnats.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
He did his best to crush out the vermin.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Mrs. Wesley then fell back on the theory of rats, and employed a man to blow a horn as a remedy against these vermin.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
The country is terribly plagued with these vermin.
"California" by J. Tyrwhitt Brooks
The place had evidently been the abode of horses, cattle, pigs, and foul vermin of every description.
"What I Saw in California" by Edwin Bryant
According to Mackenzie, such habitations swarmed with fleas, and even the ground round about them "was alive with this vermin".
"Pioneers in Canada" by Sir Harry Johnston
The wretched man was soon covered from head to foot with vermin, of which his handcuffs prevented his ridding himself.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
Money I've none, and debts I cannot pay, Unless my vermin, will those debts defray.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Evil vermin are creeping along through them.
"Notes & Queries, No. 44, Saturday, August 31, 1850" by Various
Cockroaches, and all vermin, have an aversion to spirits of turpentine.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Of course I know why ... the author of 'Vermin' deserves not, nor wants, their hypocritical help.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
All the natives, Rutherford states, are overrun with vermin, which lodge not only in their heads, but in their mats.
"John Rutherford, the White Chief" by George Lillie Craik
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
They are not, as the vermin-killer advertisement has it, 'pests of the household.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
The floor was of earth and overrun by vermin.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
The place swarmed with vermin.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith

In poetry:

'A labourer in Christian England,
Where they cant of a Saviour's name,
And yet waste men's lives like the vermin's
For a few more brace of game.
"The Bad Squire" by Charles Kingsley
Are we happier now?—No! the millions bow,
'Neath a yoke ten times more black:
Ten times more strong—we'll march along,
And drive the vermin back.
"A Song For The People" by Ernest Jones
The son of sin, the Devil's slave,
The child of wrath, and of the grave,
Each mortal was — and vermin's food —
'Till Christ redeem'd us with his blood.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
To mould the walls, the frames they firmly tie;
The toiling builders beat the earth and lime.
The walls shall vermin, storm, and bird defy;--
Fit dwelling is it for his lordly prime.
"On The Completion Of A Royal Palace" by Confucius
Out of the pregnant darkness, where from fire
To glimmering fire the watchword leaps,
The dirge floats up from those who build the pyre
High and still higher
That yet shall blaze across the verminous deeps.
"The Dirge" by John Le Gay Brereton
So Gawain, looking at the villainy done,
Forbore, but in his heat and eagerness
Trembled and quivered, as the dog, withheld
A moment from the vermin that he sees
Before him, shivers, ere he springs and kills.
"Pelleas And Ettarre" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Tribe makes living capturing vermin for local farmers.
Fishermen consider the small shark, renowned for its stunning appetite, the vermin of the ocean.
This breed originated in Belgium and hunted vermin.
PepsiCo wins lawsuit by claiming that its soda turns vermin into goo.
'Olympic Vermin ': A Torch Relay for London's Squirrels, Pigeons, and Rats.
Tips On Feeding Maine's Vermin .
Tips to keep bugs and vermin out of your home.
Presidential Candidate Vermin Supreme on Congress Ave. You just never know who you'll see walking around Austin during SXSW.
Vermin 's merch table includes.
Paul ambushed by ' Vermin Supreme'.
Vermin Supreme vs Aleister Crowley: The 2012 Presidential Debate.
I want a voodoo- vermin body count.
Funny Vote for Vermin Supreme And Get a Free Pony.
Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul & Vermin Supreme Get Auto-Tuned.
Of all the music fanatics and crazy characters to show up at SXSW, we never expected to see presidential candidate from New Hampshire, Vermin Supreme.