- Present participle of squirrel.
Variant of squirrel
nounpl. squirrels or squirrel
- 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-