Origin of voleearlier vole mouse from Scand, as in Old Norse v?llr, meadow, field ( from Proto-Germanic an unverified form walthu- from source weald, wold, German wald, from Indo-European an unverified form wel-, shaggy hair, grass) + mouse
Origin of voleFr, probably from voler, to fly from Classical Latin volare
Origin of voleShort for obsolete volemouse perhaps from Norwegian vollmus Old Norse völlr field Old Norse mūs mouse
Origin of voleFrench probably from voler to fly from Old French from Latin volāre to fly
- Any of a large number of species of small rodents of the family Cricetidae.
(third-person singular simple present voles, present participle voling, simple past and past participle voled)
- (card games, intransitive) To win all the tricks by a vole.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.