Ferret meaning

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Ferret is defined as to search for, or to force out of hiding.

An example of ferret is to investigate the hidden details of a historical mystery.

An example of ferret is to search through rooms to find a criminal who has been hiding.

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Ferret means a narrow ribbon of fabric.

An example of a ferret is a strap over the shoulder of a dress.

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The definition of a ferret is a small animal with a long, slender body, short legs and a long tail, often kept as a pet.

An example of a ferret is a pet weasel.

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A domesticated mustelid mammal (Mustela furo syn. Mustela putorius subsp. furo) with an elongated flexible body, often kept as a pet and sometimes trained to hunt rats or rabbits.
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A black-footed ferret.
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To hound or harry persistently; worry.
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To engage in hunting with ferrets.
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To search intensively.
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To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used with out:
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A narrow piece of tape used to bind or edge fabric.
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A narrow ribbon of cotton, wool, silk, etc.
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A small, domesticated European polecat with pink eyes and yellowish fur, easily tamed for hunting rabbits, rats, etc.
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A rare, black-footed weasel (Mustela nigripes) of the W U.S.
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To force out of hiding with or as if with a ferret.
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To search for persistently and discover (facts, the truth, etc.); search.
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(archaic) To keep after; harass.
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To hunt with ferrets.
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To search around.
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An often domesticated mammal rather like a weasel, descended from the polecat and often trained to hunt burrowing animals.
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The black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes.
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To hunt game with ferrets.
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To uncover and bring to light by searching; usually to ferret out.
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(dated) A tape of silk, cotton, or ribbon, used to tie documents, clothing, etc. or along the edge of fabric.
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Origin of ferret

  • Probably alteration of Italian fioretti floss silk pl. of fioretto diminutive of fiore flower from Latin flōs flōr- flower bhel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English furet, ferret from Old French furet from Vulgar Latin fūrittus diminutive of Latin fūr thief bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English furet, ferret, from Anglo-Norman firet, furet, diminutive of Old French fuiron (“weasel, ferret”), from Late Latin furo (“cat; robber”), diminutive of Latin fur (“thief”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Italian fioretto

    From Wiktionary