noun, plural squir·rels, (especially collectively) squir·rel.
verb (used with object), squir·reled, squir·rel·ing or (especially British) squir·relled, squir·rel·ling.
- squirrel away,
- squirrel cage,
- squirrel corn,
- squirrel monkey,
- squirrel's-foot fern
Origin of squirrel
Examples from the Web for squirrel
Inside the squirrel suit, an intern named Justin can be found.
Williams said the RNC has not decided on a sex or a name for the squirrel other than HRC Squirrel.
Then, we see Mr. Rabbit in the woods crushing a squirrel to death with his bare hands.‘Banshee,’ Cinemax’s Deliciously Over-the-Top Carnival of Sex and Violence, Is Must-See TV|Marlow Stern|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, Vegard wore a squirrel costume and Bard wore a bear costume.Ylvis, the Duo of 'The Fox,' Shares Some (Angry) Fox Sounds You Haven't Heard|Anna Brand|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Coy readers should heed the lesson learned by the young woman in “The Squirrel.”Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales|Yunte Huang|June 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tom opened up a squirrel's store, and a pretty noise the little creature made about it.Crusoes of the Frozen North|Gordon Stables
The teeth, and indeed the whole contour, resemble those of the squirrel.Oregon and Eldorado|Thomas Bulfinch
The Hare and Squirrel occur together on a sign at Nuneaton; what the combination means it is difficult to surmise.The History of Signboards|Jacob Larwood
"The squirrel's done it," whispered the girl after the opening scene.Merton of the Movies|Harry Leon Wilson
Mr. Pennant says, that this snake will frequently lie at the bottom of a tree, on which a squirrel is seated.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things|Edmund Fillingham King
noun plural -rels or -rel
verb -rels, -relling or -relled or esp US -rels, -reling or -reled
Word Origin for squirrel
early 14c., from Anglo-French esquirel, Old French escurel (Modern French écureuil), from Vulgar Latin *scuriolus, diminutive of *scurius "squirrel," variant of Latin sciurus, from Greek skiouros "a squirrel," literally "shadow-tailed," from skia "shadow" (see shine (v.)) + oura "tail." Perhaps the original notion is "that which makes a shade with its tail." The Old English word was acweorna, which survived into Middle English as aquerne.
"to hoard up, store away" (as a squirrel does nuts), 1939, from squirrel (n.). Related: Squirreled; squirreling.