weaselly

adjective

wea·​sel·​ly
ˈwēz-lē,
ˈwē-zə- How to pronounce weaselly (audio)
variants or less commonly weasely
: resembling or suggestive of a weasel

Examples of weaselly in a Sentence

He's a weaselly, conniving thief.
Recent Examples on the Web Jordan lost the first round of voting on Tuesday, thus sparing the nation, in this time of war abroad and strife at home, the calamity that could ensue if the gavel falls into his weaselly grasp. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 Even in the wake of the weaselly example set by the University of North Carolina, U of L's interim president Greg Postel chose to answer to a higher authority than self-interest. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 20 Feb. 2018 As Frances, who initiates the decline of her souring union by entering into an affair with a weaselly art history professor, Parker grimaces her way through most of the episodes, slumping through her scenes. Rachel Syme, New Republic, 26 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weaselly was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Weaselly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weaselly. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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