His sharp, ferrety eyes were searching everywhere for his stick.
He had a rubicund countenance, huge mustachios, and small, ferrety eyes.
He had the lowest forehead I have ever seen in a white man, and such a sharp, ferrety little face.
His eyes were black and ferrety; and his face, well seasoned by the Carolina sun, was swart as any Arab's.
Meanwhile Pierre had listened anxiously, his ferrety little eyes shifting from face to face.
He had keen, ferrety eyes, a sharp financial nose, a thin-lipped line of mouth which indicated little of human kindness.
Eileen looked away from the ferrety eyes that searched hers.
"I provided for that," said the president, letting his ferrety eyes rest for a moment upon the reluctant one.
His blue eyes flashed ominously, straight into Mrs. Blewett's straggling, ferrety gray orbs.
The ferrety old man had the robe in his arms, and was gliding swiftly out of the room in the merest instant.
late 14c., from Old French furet, diminutive of fuiron "weasel, ferret," literally "thief," probably from Late Latin furionem (related to furonem "cat," also "robber"), from Latin fur (genitive furis) "thief."
early 15c., from ferret (n.), in reference to the use of half-tame ferrets to kill rats and flush rabbits from burrows; the extended sense of "search out, discover" is 1570s. Related: Ferreted; ferreting.
To search inquisitively; find by searching: ferret out the whole story
[1570+; fr the notion of the ferret as a restless and assiduous searcher]
Lev. 11:30 (R.V., "gecko"), one of the unclean creeping things. It was perhaps the Lacerta gecko which was intended by the Hebrew word (anakah, a cry, "mourning," the creature which groans) here used, i.e., the "fan-footed" lizard, the gecko which makes a mournful wail. The LXX. translate it by a word meaning "shrew-mouse," of which there are three species in Palestine. The Rabbinical writers regard it as the hedgehog. The translation of the Revised Version is to be preferred.