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From Middle English bageard (marked by a badge), from bage (badge), referring to the animal's badge-like white blaze, equivalent to badge +‎ -ard. Displaced earlier brock, from Old English brocc.

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a Eurasian badger

badger (plural badgers)

  1. Any mammal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: Melinae (Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae (ratel or honey badger), and Taxideinae (American badger).
  2. A native or resident of the American state, Wisconsin.
  3. (obsolete) A brush made of badger hair.
  4. (in the plural, obsolete, cant) A crew of desperate villains who robbed near rivers, into which they threw the bodies of those they murdered.
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badger (third-person singular simple present badgers, present participle badgering, simple past and past participle badgered)

  1. To pester; to annoy persistently; to press.
    He kept badgering her about her bad habits.
    • 2013 September 17, Jocelyn Samara D., Rain (webcomic), Comic 426 - Trans AND Gay:
      "Yeah? Cool. Just a warning: people are going to badger you about that. It's practically inevitable for gay trans people."
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Unknown (Possibly from "bagger". "Baggier" is cited by the OED in 1467-8)

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badger (plural badgers)

  1. (obsolete) 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.
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From English badge.

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  1. to use an identity badge
    Avant de quitter la pièce, il ne faudra pas oublier de badger.
    Before you leave the room, you mustn't forget to swipe your badge.

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This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written badge- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a "soft" /ʒ/ and not a "hard" /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.