- a word used to temper the forthrightness of a statement; a word that makes one's views equivocal, misleading, or confusing.
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There it was again, Merrick thought, the weasel-word 'compromise.'Turning Point
A word used to deprive a statement of its force or evade a direct commitment, as in Calling it “organized spontaneity” is using a weasel word; “organized” has sucked the meaning out of “spontaneity.” This idiom may allude to the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of a bird's egg, so that only the shell remains. [Late 1800s]