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.


  1. squirrel

    A squirrel is a small to medium-sized rodent, characterized by a long bushy tail and strong hind legs. They are members of the family Sciuridae, and are found in many parts of the world. Squirrels are known for their ability to climb trees and other structures, their diet often consisting of nuts, seeds, and fruits, and for their habit of burying food for later use. They have sharp teeth which continuously grow, allowing them to gnaw and bite different things. Their size, color and habitat can vary widely depending on the species. A famous type of squirrel is the flying squirrel which has folds of skin between its limbs that allow it to glide between trees.

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. Lakendra Tookes:

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

  2. Robert Blackburn:

    He's a one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated human being that came into this world as a child of God, god made the squirrel and the robin and the mountain stream, and God said,' That's good.'.

  3. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

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

  4. Sherry Arfa:

    It’s just like with any animal, you can have the nicest dog and they could bite somebody, it’s no guarantee, if it was a gerbil or something that your grandkid had hiding under the bed, I ’m sure that would be fine. But a squirrel is a wild animal.

  5. Jeffrey Wang:

    They are always energetic, I havent seen a squirrel that isnt. They are always bouncing around, it makes me feel energized.

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