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noun Badg"er
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.

Etymology: Of uncertain origin; perh. fr. an old verb badge to lay up provisions to sell again

noun Badg"er
  1. 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.
  2. A brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists.

Etymology: OE. bageard, prob. fr. badge + -ard, in reference to the white mark on its forehead. See Badge,(n.)

verb Badg"er
  1. To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently.
  2. To beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain.

Etymology: For sense 1, see 2d Badger; for 2, see 1st Badger

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  1. Sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
  2. A native or resident of Wisconsin
  3. Persuade through constant efforts
  4. Annoy persistently

From Middle English bageard (“marked by a badge”), from bage (“badge”), referring to the animal's badge-like white blaze, equivalent to badge +‎ -ard.

  1. A common name for 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, vulgar, cant) A crew of desperate villains who robbed near rivers, into which they threw the bodies of those they murdered.

Unknown (Possibly from "bagger". "Baggier" is cited by the OED in 1467-8)

  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.

    badger was also found in the following language(s): French

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    Mike Badger is an alternative rock, indie rock, and country music musician. He plays Guitar, Mandolin, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Mike was given the name Michael Clifford Badger on March 18th, 1962 in Liverpool. Mike is also known as Mike Badger.


    George Badger was a 12th United States Secretary of the Navy. George was born on April 17th, 1795 in New Bern, North Carolina. He passed away on May 11th, 1866.


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    Ethnicity Badger U.S.
      White 76.96% 64.26%
      African American 17.78% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.32% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.90% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Badger

    • How Popular is the name Badger? As a last name Badger was the 4,442nd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Badger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Badger is Monday, June 3rd, 1878.
    • How unique is the name Badger? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Badger. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    • How many people have the last name Badger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,987 people with the last name Badger.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Badger? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Badger as their last name.

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