- any of numerous arboreal, bushy-tailed rodents of the genus Sciurus, of the family Sciuridae.
- any of various other members of the family Sciuridae, as the chipmunks, flying squirrels, and woodchucks.
- the meat of such an animal.
- the pelt or fur of such an animal: a coat trimmed with squirrel.
- to store or hide (money, valuables, etc.), usually for the future (often followed by away): I've squirreled away a few dollars for an emergency.
Origin of squirrel
Related Wordssave, treasure, hide, collect, gather, stash, garner, cache, stockpile, deposit, keep, store, acquire, amass, scrimp
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
January 10, 2014
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
October 14, 2013
Coy readers should heed the lesson learned by the young woman in “The Squirrel.”Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales
June 13, 2013
You been seein' that squirrel that's been runnin' across the clearin'?
The next time that squirrel comes scootin' across I'll say, 'Now!'
I think that squirrel will stop in the woods for the rest of its life, Peter.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The squirrel is provident, but no more so than he is fastidious in the choice of his food.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
He waited until he was sure of striking before the squirrel could gain a tree-refuge.White Fang
- any arboreal sciurine rodent of the genus Sciurus, such as S. vulgaris (red squirrel) or S. carolinensis (grey squirrel), having a bushy tail and feeding on nuts, seeds, etcRelated adjective: sciurine
- any other rodent of the family Sciuridae, such as a ground squirrel or a marmot
- the fur of such an animal
- informal a person who hoards things
- (tr usually foll by away) informal to store for future use; hoard
Word Origin and History 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.