Variant of weasel
- 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 worldwide
- a sly, cunning, or sneaky person
Origin: Middle 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
- weaselly adjective
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