• WordNet 3.6
    • v badger persuade through constant efforts
    • v badger annoy persistently "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
    • n badger sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
    • n Badger a native or resident of Wisconsin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The honey badger can withstand hundreds of bee stings that would otherwise kill another animal
    • Badger A brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists.
    • Badger A carnivorous quadruped of the genus Meles or of an allied genus. It is a burrowing animal, with short, thick legs, and long claws on the fore feet. One species (Meles melesorMeles vulgaris), called also brock, inhabits the north of Europe and Asia; another species (Taxidea taxusorTaxidea AmericanaorTaxidea Labradorica) inhabits the northern parts of North America. See Teledu.
    • n Badger An itinerant licensed dealer in commodities used for food; a hawker; a huckster; -- formerly applied especially to one who bought grain in one place and sold it in another.
    • Badger To beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain.
    • Badger To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Badgers and coyotes hunt ground squirrels together. The badger tracks the squirrel and digs into its tunnels, and the coyote catches it when it tries to escape.
    • n badger A badgeman; one entitled or required by law to wear a badge, as the police, licensed porters, and others.
    • n badger A fossorial plantigrade carnivorous mammal, of the family Mustelidæ and subfamily Melinæ. (For its technical characters, see Melinæ.) The common European species, to which the name was first applied, is Meles vulgaris or Meles taxus; it is about 2 feet long, of heavy and clumsy shape, low on the legs, with a short thick tail, a long snout, and long claws fitted for digging. The general color is grizzled gray, with dark limbs, and black and white stripes on the head. This animal inhabits temperate and northerly portions of Europe and Asia. Its flesh is used as food, its pelt in furriery, and its hair for making shaving-brushes and the kind of artists' brushes called badgers. In a state of nature the animal is less fetid than some of the other species. The American badger, Taxidea americana, resembles the foregoing, but differs in the dental formula and some other technical characters; it is a common animal in the western States and Territories, and in some regions, as the Missouri watershed, it is very abundant. The Indian badger is Arctonyx collaris; it is also called sand-bear and bear-pig. The Javanese skunk (so called from its extreme fetidness), the teledu or telego, Mydaus meliceps, is a true badger. See cut under teledu. The ratel, honey-badger, or Cape badger, Mellivora capensis, is nearly related, though belonging to a different subfamily, the Mellivorinæ. The wombat is often called badger in Australia. It is a widespread vulgar error that the legs of the badger are shorter on one side than on the other; hence, “the uneven-legg'd badger,” Drayton.
    • n badger An artists' brush made of badgers' hair, used for blending or causing the pigments to melt or shade into one another and for imparting smoothness. A flat brush used for removing dust from a polished surface in some photographic and other chemical operations, etc.
    • n badger The Lutraria vulgaris, a common conchiferous or bivalve mollusk of northern Europe. It is especially used as bait for the cod.
    • n badger A sobriquet of a resident of Wisconsin, called the Badger State, in allusion to the abundance of badgers in it.
    • badger To attack, as the badger is attacked when being drawn or baited; bait; worry; pester.
    • badger To beat down in a bargain.
    • badger Synonyms Pester, Worry, etc. See tease.
    • n badger One who buys corn and other provisions to sell them elsewhere; a hawker; a huckster; a cadger. Badgers were required to take out a license, and were under certain legal restrictions as to regrating or forestalling the market. [Now only prov. Eng.]
    • n badger An erroneous translation, in the English version of the Bible, of the Hebrew tahash, an animal whose skins are mentioned 13 times in the Old Testament as coverings for the ark of the covenant, the table of showbread, and the tabernacle itself, and once (in Ezek. xvi. 10) as a material for the shoes or sandals worn by women. Badgers are not known to occur in Asia as far south as Palestine and Arabia. The particular animal which furnished these skins has not yet been identified.
    • n badger In Australia, the bandicoot, Perameles, and, rarely, the rock-kangaroo, Petrogale.
    • n badger A soldier who wears short whiskers.
    • n badger In angling, an artificial fly having a hackle of badger cock with a dark-brown, nearly black center and cream-colored points.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Badger baj′ėr a burrowing, nocturnal, hibernating animal about the size of a fox, eagerly hunted by dogs
    • v.t Badger to pursue with eagerness, as dogs hunt the badger: to pester or worry
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Mad as a badger - If someone is as mad as a badger, they are crazy.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bageard, prob. fr. badge, + -ard, in reference to the white mark on its forehead. See Badge,(n.)


In literature:

Now, what in thunder are you all about, badgering that little chap so?
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She had no desire whatever to see a fight between the badger and Billy Bluff.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
At night they scraped out their earths like a badger, and, like the badger's, those earths were exceeding clean.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
And in the next cage I can see The badgers badging merrily.
"Marjorie at Seacote" by Carolyn Wells
A lively snarling came from a burrow not far away, where two badgers were quarrelling conscientiously.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
It was then that the badgered and baited Father broke down.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
BADGER, long life and prosperity as a bachelor.
"Tea-Cup Reading, and the Art of Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves" by 'A Highland Seer'
That husband was called Tyope, badger, a man of strong physique and one averse to monotony in conjugal life.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Badger dens were far more common than fox dens.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
The cob's out of condition, and rough as a badger.
"The Chequers" by James Runciman

In poetry:

The hawk is for the hill, he cried,
The badger for the glen;
The otter for the river-pools
Amen, amen, amen!
"Reminiscence" by Padraic Colum
He has hare's eyes, a long face rimmed
Around with badger-grey;
Aimless, like cries of mountain birds
The tunes he has to play
"The Tin-Whistle Player" by Padraic Colum
When cuckoos call from the green gloom
Where dark, shelving forests loom;
When foxes bark beside the gate,
And the grey badger seeks his mate
"Viroconium" by Mary Webb
Can be so battered, badgered and destroyed
That he's a loveless man: gay bells bring laughter
That shakes a mouldering cobweb from the rafter;
And yet the saddest chimes are best enjoyed.
"The Dedication To A Book Of Stories Selected From The Irish Novelists" by William Butler Yeats
Night veiled the pole: all seemed secure:
When, led by instinct sharp and sure,
Subsistence to provide,
A beast forth sallied on the scout,
Long backed, long tailed, with whiskered snout,
And badger-coloured hide.
"On The Death Of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bullfinch" by William Cowper

In news:

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash will follow former Badgers coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas.
(AP) — Arkansas says Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash will join former Badgers coach Bret Bielema with the Razorbacks.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash will follow former Badgers coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas.
Bill would stop 60-year-old SS Badger from operating.
SS Badger could get exemption under bill in Congress.
House provision would allow S.S. Badger to dump coal ash in perpetuity.
The 6'6 Big Ten player of the year helped the Badgers to their first Number One ranking last month.
Ohio State would like to win today to force it on the Badgers.
The Badger women's basketball team couldn't hold a slim second half lead and lost 81-73 to Minnesota Monday in Madison.
One of three men charged with attacking Wisconsin Badger running back Montee Ball has reached a plea agreement with Dane County prosecutors.
Many thanks to Charlotte Kisling, Butte Valley raptor expert, and to Liz Diver of Badger Run Wildlife Rehab Center for an instructive and fun evening program on Friday, Nov 2.
The coach of the Packers gives kudos to the old - and, once again, new - coach of the Badgers for taking over for the Rose Bowl.
Badgers run over Gophers, retain Axe .
CNN's Soledad O'Brien badgers Romney backer , implies GOP nominee 'lying'.
Badgers' Bielema: No shame backing into title game.

In science:

It turns out to be precisely the form proposed by Montroll and Badger to unify the Verhulst ( ˜q = 1) and Gompertz ( ˜q = 0) one-species population dynamics model.
Generalized exponential function and discrete growth models
Many earlier works have already borrowed concepts from the theory of the Ising models and of phase transitions to model social interactions and organization, e.g. (Follmer, 1974; Callen and Shapero, 1974; Montroll and Badger, 1974).
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Khoze) and also external EW vector bosons (Bern et al) and Higgs particles (Dixon, Glover, Khoze, Badger et al).
Concluding Talk: QCD 2005
This example is taken from a very stimulating study by Montroll and Badger (1974, p.200).
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
Badger, Mathematical models as a tool for the social science, ed. B. J.
Universal Structure of the Personal Income Distribution