noun, plural wea·sels, (especially collectively) wea·sel.
verb (used without object)
- weasel out,
- weasel word,
- weasel words,
Origin of weasel
Examples from the Web for weasel
Note the weasel words (a term they do actually teach in law school): “affected community.”Facebook Apologizes For, but Doesn’t Retract, Discriminatory ‘Real Name’ Policy|Jay Michaelson|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His mean face slowly resolved into a baffled, respectful expression, like that of a weasel facing a trap.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas|Edwin Shrake|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I think the American people would like to hear Romney weasel around that one.One Thing About the Debate I Forgot in that Previous Piece|Michael Tomasky|October 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She had read the appeal and says she felt it contained the lies of a killer trying to weasel out of full responsibility.Families Decry Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Without Parole|Michael Daly|June 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Consider seeing yourself branded a PERV POL and WEASEL in your local papers day after day.
But my great fear is the weasel; should he obtain the throne which of us will be safe?
Now, the facts are, one weasel or snake will destroy more rabbits or birds and birds' eggs than a dozen foxes.Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper|Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
Still the weasel crept after him, and presently drove him almost up to your sycamore-tree.
A weasel came out and looked at me as I worked, then whisked off.Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska|Rockwell Kent
In a few minutes the weasel appeared, all his faculties focused on the warm trail.American Weasels|E. Raymond Hall
noun plural -sels or -sel
Word Origin for weasel
Old English weosule, wesle "weasel," from Proto-Germanic *wisulon (cf. Old Norse visla, Middle Dutch wesel, Dutch wezel, Old High German wisula, German Wiesel), probably related to Proto-Germanic *wisand- "bison" (see bison), with a base sense of "stinking animal," because both animals have a foul, musky smell (cf. Latin vissio "stench"). A John Wesilheued ("John Weaselhead") turns up on the Lincolnshire Assize Rolls for 1384, but the name seems not to have endured, for some reason.
"to deprive (a word or phrase) of its meaning," 1900, from weasel (n.); so used because the weasel sucks out the contents of eggs, leaving the shell intact; the sense of "extricate oneself (from a difficult place) like a weasel" is first recorded 1925; that of "to evade and equivocate" is from 1956.