Definition of hamster noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhæmstə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstər//
Pets, Domesticated mammals
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an animal like a large mouse, with large cheeks for storing food. Hamsters are often kept as pets. See related entries: Pets, Domesticated mammals Word Originearly 17th cent.: from German, from Old High German hamustro ‘corn weevil’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hamster