- Also called snout beetle. any of numerous beetles of the family Curculionidae, which have the head prolonged into a snout and which are destructive to nuts, grain, fruit, etc.
- any of numerous related beetles.
Origin of weevil
Examples from the Web for weevil
But what can he want with Mr. Weevil, and what can Weevil want with him?
But hanged if I don't think Weevil talks it in his sleep; he's so hot on it.
The boys glanced from one to the other as Mr. Weevil paused.
Paul took the letter from the rack as Mr. Weevil turned to his books.
Mr. Weevil was standing beside the visitor on the hearthrug.
- Also called: snout beetle any beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant productsSee also boll weevil
- Also called: pea weevil, bean weevil any of various beetles of the family Bruchidae (or Lariidae), the larvae of which live in the seeds of leguminous plants
- any of various similar or related beetles
Word Origin and History for weevil
Old English wifel "small beetle," from Proto-Germanic *webilaz (cf. Old Saxon wibil, Old High German wibil, German Wiebel "beetle, chafer," Old Norse tordyfill "dung beetle"), cognate with Lithuanian vabalas "beetle," from PIE root *webh- "to weave," also "to move quickly" (see weave (v.)). The sense gradually narrowed to a particular kind of beetle that, in larval or adult stages, bores into plants, often destroying them.