Simple Definition of weasel word
: a word used in order to avoid being clear or direct
Full Definition of weasel word
: a word used in order to evade or retreat from a direct or forthright statement or position
Examples of weasel word
“Reorganization” is just a weasel word that the company is using to say that jobs are being eliminated.
Origin of weasel word
from the weasel's reputed habit of sucking the contents out of an egg while leaving the shell superficially intact
First Known Use: 1900
Rhymes with weasel word
afterword, bowerbird, butcher-bird, cedarbird, dickey bird, dirty word, dolly bird, early bird, fighting word, frigate bird, gallows bird, hummingbird, in a word, lemon curd, mockingbird, ovenbird, riflebird, tailorbird, thunderbird, undergird, wading bird, wattlebird, weaverbird, whirlybird, word for word
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