A young ferret.
- The definition of a ferret is a small animal with a long, slender body, short legs and a long tail, often kept as a pet.
An example of a ferret is a pet weasel.
- Ferret means a narrow ribbon of fabric.
An example of a ferret is a strap over the shoulder of a dress.
- Ferret is defined as to search for, or to force out of hiding.
- An example of ferret is to investigate the hidden details of a historical mystery.
- An example of ferret is to search through rooms to find a criminal who has been hiding.
Origin of ferretfrom Italian fioretti, floss silk, origin, originally plural of fioretto, diminutive of fiore, a flower from Classical Latin flos, flower
- a small, domesticated European polecat with pink eyes and yellowish fur, easily tamed for hunting rabbits, rats, etc.
- a rare, black-footed weasel (Mustela nigripes) of the W U.S.
Origin of ferretMiddle English feret from Old French furet from Late Latin furetus, diminutive of furo, a ferret from Classical Latin fur, thief: see furtive
- to force out of hiding with or as if with a ferret
- to search for persistently and discover (facts, the truth, etc.); search: with out
- Archaic to keep after; harass
- to hunt with ferrets
- to search around
- A domesticated mustelid mammal (Mustela furo syn. Mustela putorius subsp. furo) with an elongated flexible body, often kept as a pet and sometimes trained to hunt rats or rabbits.
- A black-footed ferret.
verbfer·ret·ed, fer·ret·ing, fer·rets
- a. To hunt (rabbits, for example) with ferrets.b. To drive out, as from a hiding place; expel.
- To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used with out: “Their work merely points the way for others to ferret out the core components of all proteins” ( Natalie Angier )
- To hound or harry persistently; worry.
- To engage in hunting with ferrets.
- To search intensively.
Origin of ferretMiddle English furet, ferret from Old French furet from Vulgar Latin fūrittus diminutive of Latin fūr thief ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of ferretProbably alteration of Italian fioretti floss silk pl. of fioretto diminutive of fiore flower from Latin flōs flōr- flower ; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ferrets, present participle ferreting, simple past and past participle ferreted)