An example of a weasel is the creature chased by a monkey around the mulberry bush.
An example of a weasel is a person who always finagles more than she or he deserves.
Other Word Forms
Origin of weasel
- Middle English wesele from Old English wesle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English wesele, from Old English weosule, from Proto-Germanic *wisulǭ (compare West Frisian wezeling, Low German Wessel, Wissel, Dutch wezel, German Wiesel, Swedish vessla), from Proto-Indo-European *wiselos (compare Irish fíal 'ferret'), from *wis- 'musk, stink' (compare Latin virus 'slimy liquid, mud; stench', Sanskrit विस्र (visra) 'musty, smelling of raw meat)'.
- The verb comes from the supposed cunningness of the weasel.