- The definition of a squirrel is a tree-dwelling rodent.
A small bushy brown rodent that climbs up trees and that eats nuts is an example of a squirrel.
- To squirrel is to hide away something for safe keeping.
When you hide away money for the future, this is an example of a time when you squirrel away money.
- any of a family (Sciuridae) of small rodents living in trees, on the ground, or in burrows and usually having a long, bushy tail, including flying squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots; esp., a tree squirrel
- the fur of some of these animals
Origin of squirrelMiddle English squirel ; from Old French escuriuel ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form scuriolus, diminutive of an unverified form scurius, for Classical Latin sciurus ; from Classical Greek skiouros, squirrel ; from skia, shadow (see shine) + oura, tail: see uro-
Origin of squirrelfrom the fact that squirrels store up nuts and seeds for the winter
- Any of various arboreal rodents of the tribe Sciurini and especially of the genus Sciurus, characteristically having a long flexible bushy tail. Also called tree squirrel.
- Any of various other rodents of the family Sciuridae, such as the ground squirrels and the flying squirrels.
- The fur of one of these rodents.
transitive verbsquir·reled, squir·rel·ing, squir·rels or squir·relled or squir·rel·ling
Origin of squirrelMiddle English squirel, from Anglo-Norman esquirel, from Vulgar Latin *scūriolus, diminutive of *scūrius, alteration of Latin sciūrus, from Greek skiouros : skiā, shadow + ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present squirrels, present participle squirreling, simple past and past participle squirreled)
- To store in a secretive manner, to hide something for future use