adjective Etymology: Latin verminosus infested with maggots, from Latin *vermin-, vermen worm; akin to Latin vermis worm — more at worm Date: circa 1616 1. consisting of or being vermin ; noxious 2. forming a breeding place for or infested by vermin ; filthy <
verminous garbage
3. caused by vermin <
verminous disease

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Verminous — Ver min*ous, a. [L. verminosus, fr. vermis a worm: cf. F. vermineux.] 1. Tending to breed vermin; infested by vermin. [1913 Webster] Some . . . verminous disposition of the body. Harvey. [1913 Webster] 2. Caused by, or arising from the presence… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verminous — [vʉr′mə nəs] adj. [L verminosus] 1. of, having the nature of, or resembling vermin 2. infested with vermin 3. caused or produced by vermin …   English World dictionary

  • verminous — verminously, adv. verminousness, n. /verr meuh neuhs/, adj. 1. of the nature of or resembling vermin. 2. of, pertaining to, or caused by vermin: verminous diseases. 3. infested with vermin, esp. parasitic vermin: verminous shacks. [1610 20; < L… …   Universalium

  • verminous — adjective a) Infested with vermin. The old beggar kept a verminous mongrel dog for a pet. b) Associated with, relating to, or caused by vermin. The dog was constantly scratching his many verminous sores and welts. See Also: vermin …   Wiktionary

  • verminous — adjective 1 full of insects that bite you: the tramp s verminous old coat 2 very unpleasant or nasty: verminous blackmail letters …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • verminous — ver•min•ous [[t]ˈvɜr mə nəs[/t]] adj. 1) of the nature of or resembling vermin 2) of, pertaining to, or caused by vermin: verminous diseases[/ex] 3) infested with vermin: verminous slums[/ex] • Etymology: 1610–20; < L …   From formal English to slang

  • verminous — Relating to, caused by, or infested with worms, larvae, or vermin. SYN: verminal. [L. verminosus, wormy] * * * ver·min·ous vər mə nəs adj 1) consisting of, infested with, or being vermin 2) caused by parasitic worms <verminous gastritis> *… …   Medical dictionary

  • verminous — ver|min|ous [ˈvə:mınəs US ˈvə:r ] adj formal covered with insects that bite ▪ a pair of verminous old cats …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • verminous — vermin ► NOUN (treated as pl. ) 1) wild mammals and birds which are harmful to crops, farm animals, or game, or which carry disease. 2) parasitic worms or insects. 3) very unpleasant and destructive people. DERIVATIVES verminous adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • verminous — ver|min|ous [ vɜrmınəs ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) full of or covered with vermin 2. ) very unpleasant …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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