weasel wordweasel word
An equivocal word used to deprive a statement of its force or to evade a direct commitment.
Origin of weasel wordFrom the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of an egg without breaking the shell.
(plural weasel words)
- (pejorative) A word used to qualify a statement so as to make it potentially misleading.
(third-person singular simple present weasel words, present participle weasel wording, simple past and past participle weasel worded)
- To use weasel words.