A cute little weasel.
- An example of a weasel is the creature chased by a monkey around the mulberry bush.
- An example of a weasel is a person who always finagles more than she or he deserves.
- any of various agile musteline carnivores (esp. genus Mustela) with a long, slender body, short legs, and a long, bushy tail: they feed on rats, mice, birds, eggs, etc. and are found worldwide
- a sly, cunning, or sneaky person
Origin of weaselMiddle English wesel ; from Old English wesle, akin to German wiesel, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weis-, to flow out (with reference to the rank odor emitted by the animal) from source virus, bison
- to use weasel words
- Informal to avoid or evade a commitment or responsibility: with out
- Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a long slender body, a long tail, short legs, and brownish fur that in many species turns white in winter.
- A person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.
intransitive verbwea·seled, wea·sel·ing, wea·sels also wea·selled or wea·sel·ling
Origin of weaselMiddle English wesele, from Old English wesle.
ermine in brown summer phase
- The least weasel, Mustela nivalis.
- Any of the carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a slender body, a long tail and usually a light brown upper coat and light-coloured belly.
- The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.
- A devious or sneaky person or animal.
- A type of yarn winder used for counting the yardage of handspun yarn. It most commonly has a wooden peg or dowel that pops up from the gearing mechanism after a certain number of yards have been wound onto the winder.
(third-person singular simple present weasels, present participle weaseling or weaselling, simple past and past participle weaseled or weaselled)
From Middle English wesele, from Old English weosule, from Proto-Germanic *wisulÇ (compare West Frisian wezeling, Low German Wessel, Wissel, Dutch wezel, German Wiesel, Swedish vessla), from Proto-Indo-European *wiselos (compare Irish fÃal 'ferret'), from *wis- 'musk, stink' (compare Latin virus 'slimy liquid, mud; stench', Sanskrit à¤µà¤¿à¤¸à¥à¤° (visra) 'musty, smelling of raw meat)'.
The verb comes from the supposed cunningness of the weasel.