eel

[ eel ]
/ il /

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, adjectiveeel·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eely

  • If we had a fight with some other boys, Eely and Dicksee would know, and we should have no chance to fight them then.

    Burr Junior|G. Manville Fenn
  • He climbed over the sedge and eely oarweeds and sat on a stool of rock, resting his ashplant in a grike.

    Ulysses|James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for eely

eel

/ (iːl) /

noun

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, adjectiveeely, adjective

Word Origin for eel

Old English ǣl; related to Old Frisian ēl, Old Norse āll, Old High German āl
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Idioms and Phrases with eely

eel


see slippery as an eel.

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