- 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.
nounpl. -·rels or -·rel
- 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-
transitive verb-·reled or -·relled, -·rel·ing or -·rel·ling
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 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