Definition of badger verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

badger

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbædʒə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædʒər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they badger
BrE BrE//ˈbædʒə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædʒər//
 
he / she / it badgers
BrE BrE//ˈbædʒəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædʒərz//
 
past simple badgered
BrE BrE//ˈbædʒəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædʒərd//
 
past participle badgered
BrE BrE//ˈbædʒəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædʒərd//
 
-ing form badgering
BrE BrE//ˈbædʒərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædʒərɪŋ//
 
 
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to put pressure on somebody by repeatedly asking them questions or asking them to do something synonym pester badger somebody (into doing something) I finally badgered him into coming with us. badger somebody about something Reporters constantly badger her about her private life. badger somebody to do something His daughter was always badgering him to let her join the club. Word Origin early 16th cent.: perhaps from badge, with reference to its distinctive head markings. The verb sense (late 18th cent.) originates from the now illegal sport of badger-baiting, where dogs draw a badger from its set and kill it.
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