noun, plural (especially collectively) eel, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) eels.
Origin of eel
Examples from the Web for eel
Today, Eel Pie Island is home to a mellower bunch: retirees, artists, and the like.
These are just a few of the famous visitors to Eel Pie Island, a centuries-old refuge for musicians, hippies, and writers.
There are literally restaurants that focus entirely on a single ingredient, like eel for example.
“‘The Eel’ has been trapped at last,” he laughed to himself.The White Lie|William Le Queux
I dont know az an eel iz the same az a snaix exactly, but they are near enuff to suit me.The Complete Works of Josh Billings|Henry W. Shaw
"I'm Ben Gunn, I am," replied the maroon, wriggling like an eel in his embarrassment.Treasure Island|Robert Louis Stevenson
He squirmed under me like an eel, but could not break the grip, his face purpling, until he lost all power.Gordon Craig|Randall Parrish
You tried to do so, and Claude has tried to do so during the last few days, but the man is as elusive as an eel.The Crime Club|William Holt-White
British Dictionary definitions for eel
Word Origin for eel
Word Origin and History for eel
Old English 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.
Idioms and Phrases with eel
see slippery as an eel.