Definitions for Weaselˈwi zəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wea•selˈwi zəl(n.)(pl.)-sels; -sel

  1. (n.)any small carnivore of the genus Mustela, of the family Mustelidae, having a long, slender body and feeding chiefly on small rodents and birds: includes ferrets, stoats, minks, and ermines.

    Category: Mammals

  2. any of various similar carnivores of the family Mustelidae.

    Category: Mammals

  3. a cunning, sneaky person.

  4. (v.i.)to evade an obligation, duty, or the like; renege (often fol. by out).

  5. to use weasel words; be ambiguous; mislead.

Origin of weasel:

bef. 900; ME wesele, OE wesle, weosule, c. OHG wisula

wea′sel•ly(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. weasel(noun)

    a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky

  2. weasel(noun)

    small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck

Wiktionary

  1. weasel(Noun)

    The least weasel, .

  2. weasel(Noun)

    Any of the carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a slender body, a long tail and usually a light brown upper coat and light-coloured belly.

  3. weasel(Noun)

    The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.

  4. weasel(Noun)

    A devious or sneaky person or animal.

  5. weasel(Noun)

    A type of yarn winder used for counting the yardage of handspun yarn. It most commonly has a wooden peg or dowel that pops up from the gearing mechanism after a certain number of yards have been wound onto the winder.

  6. weasel(Verb)

    To achieve by clever or devious means.

  7. Origin: wesele, from weosule, from wisulōn (compare wezeling, wezel, Wiesel), from wiselos (compare Irish fíal 'ferret'), from *wis- 'musk, stink' (compare virus 'slimy liquid, mud; stench', विस्र 'musty, smelling of raw meat)'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weasel(noun)

    any one of various species of small carnivores belonging to the genus Putorius, as the ermine and ferret. They have a slender, elongated body, and are noted for the quickness of their movements and for their bloodthirsty habit in destroying poultry, rats, etc. The ermine and some other species are brown in summer, and turn white in winter; others are brown at all seasons

Freebase

  1. Weasel

    Weasels are mammals forming the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family. They are small, active predators, long and slender with short legs. Weasels vary in length from 173 to 217 mm, females being smaller than the males, and usually have red or brown upper coats and white bellies; some populations of some species moult to a wholly white coat in winter. They have long, slender bodies, which enable them to follow their prey into burrows. Their tails may be from 34 to 52 mm long. Weasels have a reputation for cleverness, quickness and guile. Weasels feed on small mammals, and have from time to time been considered vermin, since some species took poultry from farms, or rabbits from commercial warrens. They occur all across the world except for Antarctica, Australia, and neighbouring islands. Some people train dogs to sniff out weasels. The benefit of this is to protect chickens and small mammals.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. weasel

    [Cambridge] A naive user, one who deliberately or accidentally does things that are stupid or ill-advised. Roughly synonymous with loser.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

weasel(noun)

a type of small flesh-eating animal with a long slender body.

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