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badgered

[ baj-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF badgered

Synonyms for badgered

  • annoy
  • bully
  • goad
  • harass
  • heckle
  • hound
  • pester
  • tease
  • torment
  • bait
  • bug
  • eat
  • harry
  • hassle
  • importune
  • needle
  • nudge
  • plague
  • ride
  • give the business
  • insist on
  • work on
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Antonyms for badgered

  • aid
  • delight
  • help
  • leave alone
  • make happy
  • please
  • support
  • assist
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BADGERED

She might have badgered the heir of Ballawhaine, but she never did so.

"Ye should have had my podner here with ye this mornin'," badgered Landy.

Jason wanted to stop then but she badgered him into continuing.

I should not have arrested that man if I had not been badgered as I was.

He had badgered me—he was there to win if he could; I now was hot with the same design.

He had begged and badgered for it, until in the end Grief had given his consent.

Throughout the week Grief begged and badgered them for the longitude of the island.

The nephew has all but confessed, they have badgered him so.

Have I not been worried and badgered enough, without your turning on me in this way?

I have a badgered, harassed feeling, a good part of my time.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, perhaps from bage "badge" (see badge) + -ard "one who carries some action or possesses some quality," suffix related to Middle High German -hart "bold" (see -ard). If so, the central notion is the badge-like white blaze on the animal's forehead (cf. French blaireau "badger," from Old French blarel, from bler "marked with a white spot;" also obsolete Middle English bauson "badger," from Old French bauzan, literally "black-and-white spotted"). But blaze (n.2) was the usual word for this.

An Old English name for the creature was the Celtic borrowing brock; also græg (Middle English grei, grey). In American English, the nickname of inhabitants or natives of Wisconsin (1833).

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