What does weasel mean?

Definitions for weasel
ˈwi zəlweasel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weaselnoun

    a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky

  2. weaselnoun

    small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck


  1. weaselnoun

    The least weasel, .

  2. weaselnoun

    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. weaselnoun

    The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.

  4. weaselnoun

    A devious or sneaky person or animal.

  5. weaselnoun

    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. weaselverb

    To achieve by clever or devious means.

  7. 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)'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Weaselnoun

    mustela, Latin. A small animal that eats corn and kills mice.

    Etymology: wesel , Saxon; wesel, Dutch;

    Ready in gybes, quick-answer’d, saucy, and
    As quarrelsome as the weasel. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    A weasel once made shift to slink
    In at a corn loft through a chink. Alexander Pope.


  1. weasel

    A weasel is a small, slender, carnivorous mammal belonging to the Mustelidae family. It has a long body, short legs, and a long, thin tail. Weasels are known for their agility and quickness. They are found in various parts of the world and feed on small animals. Some species of weasels change their fur color from brown in the summer to white in the winter for camouflage. The term 'weasel' can sometimes be used pejoratively to refer to a sneaky or untrustworthy person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weaselnoun

    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

  2. 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.]


  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Weasel is ranked #79338 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Weasel surname appeared 240 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Weasel.

    60% or 144 total occurrences were White.
    35.4% or 85 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  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. W. C. Fields:

    Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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