What does squirrel mean?

Definitions for squirrel
ˈskwɜr əl, ˈskwʌr-; esp. Brit. ˈskwɪr əlsquir·rel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squirrelnoun

    a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail

  2. squirrelnoun

    the fur of a squirrel


  1. squirrelnoun

    Any of the rodents of the family Sciuridae distinguished by their large bushy tail.

  2. squirrelnoun

    A freezoner or other who fails to apply L Ron Hubbard's technology as is considered appropriate.

  3. squirrelnoun

    The completion of a hole with a score of nine (9).

    I got a squirrel on the last hole.

  4. Etymology: From esquirel, from escurel (whence French écureuil), from scuriolus, diminutive of scurius, variant of sciurus, from σκίουρος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Squirrelnoun

    A small animal that lives in woods, remarkable for leaping from tree to tree.

    Etymology: escurueil, French; sciurus, Latin.

    One chanc’d to find a nut,
    In the end of which a hole was cut,
    Which lay upon a hazel-root,
    There scatter’d by a squirrel:
    Which out the kernel gotten had;
    When quoth this say, dear queen be glad,
    Let Oberon be ne’er so mad,
    I’ll set you safe from peril. Michael Drayton.


  1. Squirrel

    Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels (including chipmunks and prairie dogs, among others), and flying squirrels. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and were introduced by humans to Australia. The earliest known fossilized squirrels date from the Eocene epoch, and among other living rodent families, the squirrels are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squirrelverb

    any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Sciurus and several allied genera of the family Sciuridae. Squirrels generally have a bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong hind legs. They are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species live in burrows

  2. Squirrelverb

    one of the small rollers of a carding machine which work with the large cylinder

  3. Etymology: [OE. squirel, OF. esquirel, escurel, F. cureuil, LL. squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. of L. sciurus, Gr. si`oyros; skia` shade + o'yra` tail. Cf. Shine, v. i.]


  1. Squirrel

    Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and have been introduced to Australia. The earliest known squirrels date from the Eocene and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormouse among living rodent families.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squirrel

    skwir′el, n. a nimble, reddish-brown, rodent little animal with hairy tail and large eyes, mainly of arboreal habit.—ns. Squirr′el-fish, a holocentroid tropical fish; Squirr′el-tail, any one of several grasses of the genus Hordeum, with long hair-like awns: a cap of squirrel-skins, with a tail hanging down behind. [O. Fr. escurel—Low L. scurellus, dim. of L. sciurus—Gr. skiourosskia, shade, oura, tail.]

Editors Contribution

  1. squirrel

    A type of animal created and produced in various species and colors.

    Grey squirrels are found in various countries around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2017  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Squirrel is ranked #123064 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Squirrel surname appeared 140 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Squirrel.

    50% or 70 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    32.1% or 45 total occurrences were Black.
    10.7% or 15 total occurrences were White.
    7.1% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squirrel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squirrel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of squirrel in a Sentence

  1. Bobby Collins:

    This is unusual, because you just don't see squirrel monkeys or non-human primates having rheumatoid arthritis. It's not diagnosed very frequently, and this is a young animal. Most of the time, if you're going to see it in animals, it's older animals, where they've got chronic inflammation.

  2. Detective Lieutenant Jason Schmittler:

    Obviously the squirrel attracted some attention but not the types of calls that we were hoping for.

  3. Ian Miller:

    Were it not for the asteroid, humans would never have evolved, one message I would like people to take from this is that their earliest ancestors - and by ancestors we're talking fuzzy little squirrel-like critters - had their origins in the wake of the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  4. Lakendra Tookes:

    I’m not gonna sit there and be a victim of some squirrel.

  5. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

    You can get a goat to climb tree, but you’d be better off hiring a squirrel.

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