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weasel

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noun wea·sel \ˈwē-zəl\

Definition of weasel

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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 (such 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

Illustration of weasel

Origin and Etymology of weasel

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

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weasel

verb wea·sel

Definition of weasel

weaseled

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weaseling

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 in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of weasel

weasel word



WEASEL Defined for English Language Learners

weasel

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Definition of weasel for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WEASEL Defined for Kids

weasel

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noun wea·sel \ˈwē-zəl\

Definition of weasel for Students

  1. :  a small slender active animal related to the mink that feeds on small birds and animals (as mice)



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