Squirrel definition

skwûrəl, skwŭr-
Any of various other rodents of the family Sciuridae, such as the ground squirrels and the flying squirrels.
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To store, hide, or hoard.
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The definition of a squirrel is a tree-dwelling rodent.

A small bushy brown rodent that climbs up trees and that eats nuts is an example of a squirrel.

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To squirrel is to hide away something for safe keeping.

When you hide away money for the future, this is an example of a time when you squirrel away money.

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Any of the rodents of the family Sciuridae distinguished by their large bushy tail.
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(Scientology, often disparaging) A person, usually a freezoner, who applies L. Ron Hubbard's technology in a heterodox manner.
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One of the small rollers of a carding machine which work with the large cylinder.
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To store in a secretive manner, to hide something for future use.
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The fur of one of these rodents.
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To hide or store.

Squirreled away her money.

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Any of a family (Sciuridae) of small rodents living in trees, on the ground, or in burrows and usually having a long, bushy tail, including flying squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots; esp., a tree squirrel.
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The fur of some of these animals.
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Any of various arboreal rodents of the tribe Sciurini and especially of the genus Sciurus, characteristically having a long flexible bushy tail.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
squirrel
Plural:
squirrels

Origin of squirrel

  • Middle English squirel from Anglo-Norman esquirel from Vulgar Latin scūriolus diminutive of *scūrius alteration of Latin sciūrus from Greek skiouros skiā shadow ourā tail ors- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French esquirel, escurel (whence French écureuil), from Vulgar Latin scuriolus, diminutive of scurius, variant of Latin sciurus, from Ancient Greek σκίουρος (skiouros). Displaced native Middle English aquerne, from Old English acweorna.

    From Wiktionary