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ferret

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noun fer·ret \ˈfer-ət\

Definition of ferret

  1. 1 a :  a domesticated usually albino, brownish, or silver-gray animal (Mustela putorius furo) that is descended from the European polecat b :  black-footed ferret

  2. 2 :  an active and persistent searcher

fer·rety play \-ə-tē\ adjective


Origin of ferret

Middle English furet, ferret, from Anglo-French firet, furet, from Vulgar Latin *furittus, literally, little thief, diminutive of Latin fur thief — more at furtive


First Known Use: 14th century

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ferret

verb fer·ret

Definition of ferret

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hunt with ferrets

  3. 2 :  to search about

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a (1) :  to hunt (as rabbits) with ferrets (2) :  to force out of hiding :  flush b :  to find and bring to light by searching —usually used with out <ferret out the answers>

  6. 2 :  harry, worry

fer·ret·er noun


15th Century

First Known Use of ferret

15th century


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ferret

noun fer·ret

Definition of ferret

  1. :  a narrow cotton, silk, or wool tape —called also ferreting



Origin of ferret

probably modification of Italian fioretti floss silk, from plural of fioretto, diminutive of fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at blow


First Known Use: 1649




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