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weasel

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noun wea·sel \ˈwē-zəl\

Simple Definition of weasel

  • : a small animal that has a thin body and brown fur and that eats small birds and other animals

  • : a dishonest person who cannot be trusted

Full Definition of weasel

plural weasels

  1. 1 or plural weasel :  any of various small slender active carnivorous mammals (genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae, the weasel family) that are able to prey on animals (as rabbits) larger than themselves, are mostly brown with white or yellowish underparts, and in northern forms turn white in winter — compare ermine 1a

  2. 2 :  a light self-propelled tracked vehicle built either for traveling over snow, ice, or sand or as an amphibious vehicle

  3. 3 :  a sneaky, untrustworthy, or insincere person

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Origin of weasel

Middle English wesele, from Old English weosule; akin to Old High German wisula weasel


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with weasel


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weasel

verb wea·sel

Definition of weasel

wea·seledwea·sel·ing play \ˈwēz-liŋ, ˈwē-zə-\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to use weasel words :  equivocate

  3. 2 :  to escape from or evade a situation or obligation —often used with out

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to manipulate shiftily



Examples of weasel

  1. <the polite guest chose to weasel rather than admit that he didn't like the meal>



Origin of weasel

weasel word


First Known Use: 1900




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