Meaning of “vermin” in the English Dictionary

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"vermin" in British English

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verminnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈvɜː.mɪn/ us /ˈvɝː.mɪn/

small animals and insects that can be harmful and are difficult to control when they appear in large numbers:

Flies, lice, and cockroaches can all be described as vermin.

offensive disapproving people who are unpleasant and harmful to society:

He thought all terrorists were vermin.

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

"vermin" in American English

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verminplural noun

us /ˈvɜr·mən/

small animals and insects that are harmful or annoying and are often difficult to control:

She reported an infestation of vermin, including rats, in the basement of the apartment house.

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