Meaning of “badger” in the English Dictionary

"badger" in British English

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badgernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbædʒ.ər/ us /ˈbædʒ.ɚ/

badgerverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbædʒ.ər/ us /ˈbædʒ.ɚ/

to persuade someone by telling them repeatedly to do something, or to question someone repeatedly:

Stop badgering me - I'll do it when I'm ready.
[ + into + -ing verb ] She's been badgering me into doing some exercise.
[ + to infinitive ] Every time we go into a shop, the kids badger me to buy them sweets.

(Definition of “badger” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"badger" in American English

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badgernoun [ C ]

us /ˈbædʒ·ər/

badger noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

an animal that digs holes in the ground, where it lives, and comes out at night to feed

badgerverb [ T ]

us /ˈbædʒ·ər/

badger verb [ T ] (ASK)

to annoy someone by repeatedly asking questions or telling the person to do something:

He badgered officials at the American Embassy to help.

(Definition of “badger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)