wee·​vil | \ ˈwē-vəl How to pronounce weevil (audio) \

Definition of weevil

: any of a superfamily (Curculionoidea) of beetles which have the head prolonged into a more or less distinct snout and which include many that are destructive especially as larvae to nuts, fruit, and grain or to living plants especially : any of a family (Curculionidae) having a well-developed snout curved downward with the jaws at the tip and clubbed usually elbowed antennae

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weevily or weevilly \ ˈwēv-​lē , ˈwē-​və-​lē How to pronounce weevil (audio) \ adjective

Examples of weevil in a Sentence

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First Known Use of weevil

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weevil

Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel; akin to Old High German wibil beetle, Old English wefan to weave

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“Weevil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weevil. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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wee·​vil | \ ˈwē-vəl How to pronounce weevil (audio) \

Kids Definition of weevil

: a small beetle that has a long snout and often feeds on and is harmful to plants or plant products (as nuts, fruit, and grain)

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