Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural ( especially collectively) eel, ( especially referring to two or more kinds or species) eels. any of numerous elongated, snakelike marine or freshwater fishes of the order Apodes, having no ventral fins. any of several similar but unrelated fishes, as the lamprey. Origin of eel before 1000; Middle English ele, Old English ēl, ǣl; cognate with Dutch aal, German Aal, Old Norse āll Related forms eel·like, adjective eel·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eely Historical Examples He climbed over the sedge and eely oarweeds and sat on a stool of rock, resting his ashplant in a grike. If we had a fight with some other boys, Eely and Dicksee would know, and we should have no chance to fight them then. British Dictionary definitions for eely any teleost fish of the order Apodes (or Anguilliformes), such as the European freshwater species Anguilla anguilla, having a long snakelike body, a smooth slimy skin, and reduced fins any of various other animals with a long body and smooth skin, such as the mud eel and the electric eel an evasive or untrustworthy person Derived Forms eel-like, adjective eely, adjective Word Origin
ǣl; related to Old Frisian ēl, Old Norse āll, Old High German āl
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Word Origin and History for eely eel n.
æl, from Proto-Germanic *ælaz (cf. Old Frisian -el, Middle Dutch ael, Dutch aal, Old Saxon and Old High German al, German Aal, Old Norse all), of unknown origin, with no certain cognates outside Germanic. Used figuratively for slipperiness from at least 1520s.
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