weasel

[ wee-zuh l ]
/ ˈwi zəl /

noun, plural wea·sels, (especially collectively) wea·sel.

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. wearingly,
  2. wearisome,
  3. wearproof,
  4. weary,
  5. weasand,
  6. weasel out,
  7. weasel word,
  8. weasel words,
  9. weaselly,
  10. weather

Origin of weasel

before 900; 1920–25 for def 6; Middle English wesele, Old English wesle, weosule; cognate with Old High German wisula, German Wiesel

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British Dictionary definitions for weasel

weasel

/ (ˈwiːzəl) /

noun plural -sels or -sel

any of various small predatory musteline mammals of the genus Mustela and related genera, esp M. nivalis (European weasel), having reddish-brown fur, an elongated body and neck, and short legs
informal a sly or treacherous person
mainly US a motor vehicle for use in snow, esp one with caterpillar tracks
Derived Formsweaselly, adjective

Word Origin for weasel

Old English weosule, wesle; related to Old Norse visla, Old High German wisula, Middle Dutch wesel

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