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Mongoose vs. Badger: What's the Difference?

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Correct spelling: Mongoose - a small carnivorous mammal native to Africa and Asia. Badger - a burrowing mammal known for its stout body and strong claws.

Key Differences

Mongoose starts with "Mon" like "Monday," while Badger starts with "Bad" like "bad."
Mongeese are native to warmer climates, and Badgers are often associated with North America and Europe.
Mongoose has two 'o's, while Badger has one.
Mongeese have slender bodies, and Badgers are stout.
Think of a "bad" "germ" for Badger and a "monk" with "goose" for Mongoose.

Mongoose and Badger Definitions


Mongoose is an incorrect spelling of Badger.


To pester or harass someone persistently.
She continued to badger him about the unfinished task.


A stout, burrowing mammal with distinctive white stripes on its head.
The badger retreated to its den.


Any of several similar mammals, such as the ratel.


A member of any species within the taxonomic family Mustelidae.
The European badger is scientifically known as Meles meles.


A symbol of determination and resilience.
As a badger, she never gave up on her goals.


Any of several carnivorous burrowing mammals of the family Mustelidae, such as Meles meles of Eurasia or Taxidea taxus of North America, having short legs, long claws on the front feet, and a heavy grizzled coat.


The fur or hair of any of these mammals.


To ask or nag (someone) about something in an annoying and persistent way; pester
Badgered the boy into cleaning his room.


Any mammal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: Melinae (Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae (ratel or honey badger), and Taxideinae (American badger).


A native or resident of the American state, Wisconsin.


(obsolete) A brush made of badger hair.


A crew of desperate villains who robbed near rivers, into which they threw the bodies of those they murdered.


(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.


To pester; to annoy persistently; to press.
He kept badgering her about her bad habits.


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.


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 meles or Meles vulgaris), called also brock, inhabits the north of Europe and Asia; another species (Taxidea taxus or Taxidea Americana or Taxidea Labradorica) inhabits the northern parts of North America. See Teledu.


A brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists.


To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently.


To beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain.


Sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws widely distributed in the northern hemisphere


Annoy persistently;
The children teased the boy because of his stammer


Persuade through constant efforts


A persistent person who annoys others.
He was a badger, always nagging her for answers.


What is the verb form of Badger?

The verb form is "to badger."

What is the root word of Badger?

The root word is "badge," possibly referring to its white markings.

Which vowel is used before Badger?

It depends on context, but often "a" as in "a badger."

What is the pronunciation of Badger?

Badger is pronounced as 'BAD-jer'.

What is the plural form of Badger?

The plural form is "badgers."

Which article is used with Badger?

Both "a" and "the" can be used depending on the context.

Why is it called Badger?

The term "badger" comes from Middle English, possibly referring to the white mark the animal bears, resembling a badge.

What is the singular form of Badger?

The singular form is "badger."

Which preposition is used with Badger?

Various prepositions can be used; one common example is "of," as in "burrow of the badger."

Is Badger an abstract noun?

No, Badger is a concrete noun.

Is Badger a vowel or consonant?

The word "badger" starts with a consonant.

Is Badger an adverb?

No, Badger is not an adverb.

Is the word Badger imperative?

No, unless used in a command like, "Don't badger me!"

What is the third form of Badger (as a verb)?


Which conjunction is used with Badger?

Any conjunction can be used depending on the sentence; e.g., "and," "but," "or."

Is Badger a negative or positive word?

Neutral; it depends on the context.

What is another term for Badger?

Brock is an old term for the European badger.

What is the second form of Badger (as a verb)?


Is Badger a collective noun?

No, Badger is not a collective noun.

How many syllables are in Badger?

Two syllables.

How do we divide Badger into syllables?


What is a stressed syllable in Badger?

The first syllable "Bad" is stressed.

What part of speech is Badger?

Badger is primarily a noun, but it can also be used as a verb.

Is Badger a noun or adjective?

Badger is primarily a noun, but can also be used as a verb.

Is Badger a countable noun?

Yes, Badger is a countable noun.

Is the Badger term a metaphor?

Not inherently, but it can be used metaphorically, e.g., "He's as persistent as a badger."

What is the opposite of Badger (as a verb)?

To appease or placate.

Which determiner is used with Badger?

Any determiner can be used, e.g., "this," "that," "my," "a," depending on context.

What is the first form of Badger (as a verb)?


How is Badger used in a sentence?

The badger dug a burrow in the wooded area near the river.
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