Etymology
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varmint (n.)
1530s, varment; the chiefly American English dialectal form varmint is attested from 1829; colloquial variant of vermin. Meaning "objectionable or troublesome person" is recorded from 1773.
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varsity (adj.)
1825, "university," variant of earlier versity (1670s), shortened form of university. Compare varsal (1690s), short for universal; varmint from vermin; and Grose's "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" (1788) has vardy as slang for verdict. "Used in English universities, and affected to some extent in American colleges" [Century Dictionary].
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