Are the noun "badger", naming an animal, and the verb "to badger", describing the behavior of a person, related etymologically? Does the meaning of one come directly from the other?
What about the word "badge"?
the verb is actually derived from the noun, here's the noun:
and here's the verb (refers to noun):
The verb badger, as with dog, ferret, weasel, bug, ram, hog, slug, crow, crab, parrot, squirrel, porpoise, bull, and buffalo, comes from the (alleged) behavior or treatment of the animal (as do pig out, monkey with, horse around, rat out, outfox, and cat about). Hunting for a particular animal gets its name from mouse, whale, fish, and (less commonly) moth and bird.
The same is not true of cow and quail, and (less surprisingly) swallow, sow, and bear — the animal and the verb are etymologically unrelated.
The only common animal name that I found that comes the other way is sloth (the animal was named after the sin), but I'm on the look-out for more. (In Silence Of The Lambs a character claims that "moth" originally meant "to destroy", but I can't find a cite.)