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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, .

    Etymology: 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)'.

  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.

    Etymology: 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)'.

  3. weasel(Noun)

    The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.

    Etymology: 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)'.

  4. weasel(Noun)

    A devious or sneaky person or animal.

    Etymology: 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)'.

  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.

    Etymology: 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)'.

  6. weasel(Verb)

    To achieve by clever or devious means.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. wesele, AS. wesle; akin to D. wezel, G. wiesel, OHG. wisala, Icel. hreyivsla, Dan. vsel, Sw. vessla; of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. , , cat, weasel.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Weasel

    wē′zl, n. a common carnivore belonging to the same genus as the polecat and stoat—the body long and slender—eating rats, frogs, birds, mice, &c.: (Shak.) a lean, hungry fellow.—n. Wea′sel-coot, the red-headed smew.—adj. Wea′sel-faced, having a lean sharp face. [A.S. wesle; Ger. wiesel.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. weasel

    A type of animal.

    Weasels vary in length from 173 to 217 mm (6.8 to 8.5 in), females are sometimes smaller than the males, and usually have red or brown upper coats and white bellies

    Submitted by MaryC on April 30, 2016  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weasel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weasel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of weasel in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Hamlet Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel Polonius By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed. Hamlet Methinks it is like a weasel. Polonius It is backed like a weasel. Hamlet Or like a whale Polonius Very like a whale.

  2. Marina Pacheco:

    If the woodpecker had managed to hit the weasel with its beak it would have been the end of the weasel, they're quite gung-ho little creatures.

  3. Marina Pacheco:

    Weasels will go for anything that looks like food -- they've got a high metabolism and they've got to eat a lot, it doesn't surprise me that a weasel took a punt -- I've seen a photo of a weasel charging a group of sparrows, they're very hungry animals.

  4. W. C. Fields:

    Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch.

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