Origin of ferretfrom Italian fioretti, floss silk, origin, originally plural of fioretto, diminutive of fiore, a flower from Classical Latin flos, flower
A young ferret.
- 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.
- Ferret means a narrow ribbon of fabric.
An example of a ferret is a strap over the shoulder of a dress.
- 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.
- a small, domesticated European polecat with pink eyes and yellowish fur, easily tamed for hunting rabbits, rats, etc.
- a rare, black-footed weasel (Mustela nigripes) of the W U.S.
Origin of ferretMiddle English feret from Old French furet from Late Latin furetus, diminutive of furo, a ferret from Classical Latin fur, thief: see furtive
- to force out of hiding with or as if with a ferret
- to search for persistently and discover (facts, the truth, etc.); search: with out
- Archaic to keep after; harass
- to hunt with ferrets
- to search around
- 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.
- A black-footed ferret.
verbfer·ret·ed, fer·ret·ing, fer·rets
- a. To hunt (rabbits, for example) with ferrets.b. To drive out, as from a hiding place; expel.
- To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used with out: “Their work merely points the way for others to ferret out the core components of all proteins” ( Natalie Angier )
- To hound or harry persistently; worry.
- To engage in hunting with ferrets.
- To search intensively.
Origin of ferretMiddle English furet, ferret from Old French furet from Vulgar Latin fūrittus diminutive of Latin fūr thief ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of ferretProbably alteration of Italian fioretti floss silk pl. of fioretto diminutive of fiore flower from Latin flōs flōr- flower ; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ferrets, present participle ferreting, simple past and past participle ferreted)
- As the ferret enters the hole the rabbits flee before it, and are shot or caught by dogs as they break ground.
- 8,327 11,293 Col Ferret ' (Courmayeur to Orsieres), carriage road in 11,280 progress.
- 8,977 11,615 Col de Fenetre (Great St Bernard to the Swiss Val Ferret), 11, 539 bridle path.
- The ferret was well known to the Romans, Strabo stating that it, was brought from Africa into Spain, and Pliny that it was employed in his time in rabbithunting, under the name Viverra.
- The ferret should be kept in dry, clean, well-ventilated hutches, and fed twice daily on bread, milk, and meat, such as rabbits' and fowls' livers.