weasel


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wea·sel

 (wē′zəl)
n.
1. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a long slender body, a long tail, short legs, and brownish fur that in many species turns white in winter.
2. A person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.
intr.v. wea·seled, wea·sel·ing, wea·sels also wea·selled or wea·sel·ling
To be evasive; equivocate.
Phrasal Verb:
weasel out Informal
To back out of a situation or commitment in a sneaky or cowardly manner.

[Middle English wesele, from Old English wesle.]

weasel

(ˈwiːzəl)
n, pl -sels or -sel
1. (Animals) any of various small predatory musteline mammals of the genus Mustela and related genera, esp M. nivalis (European weasel), having reddish-brown fur, an elongated body and neck, and short legs
2. informal a sly or treacherous person
3. (Automotive Engineering) chiefly US a motor vehicle for use in snow, esp one with caterpillar tracks
[Old English weosule, wesle; related to Old Norse visla, Old High German wisula, Middle Dutch wesel]
ˈweaselly adj

wea•sel

(ˈwi zəl)

n., pl. -sels, (esp. collectively) -sel, n.
1. 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.
2. any of various similar carnivores of the family Mustelidae.
3. a cunning, sneaky person.
v.i.
4. to evade an obligation, duty, or the like; renege (often fol. by out).
5. to use weasel words; be ambiguous; mislead.
[before 900; Middle English wesele, Old English wesle, weosule, c. Old High German wisula]
wea′sel•ly, adj.

weasel


Past participle: weaselled
Gerund: weaselling

Imperative
weasel
weasel
Present
I weasel
you weasel
he/she/it weasels
we weasel
you weasel
they weasel
Preterite
I weaselled
you weaselled
he/she/it weaselled
we weaselled
you weaselled
they weaselled
Present Continuous
I am weaselling
you are weaselling
he/she/it is weaselling
we are weaselling
you are weaselling
they are weaselling
Present Perfect
I have weaselled
you have weaselled
he/she/it has weaselled
we have weaselled
you have weaselled
they have weaselled
Past Continuous
I was weaselling
you were weaselling
he/she/it was weaselling
we were weaselling
you were weaselling
they were weaselling
Past Perfect
I had weaselled
you had weaselled
he/she/it had weaselled
we had weaselled
you had weaselled
they had weaselled
Future
I will weasel
you will weasel
he/she/it will weasel
we will weasel
you will weasel
they will weasel
Future Perfect
I will have weaselled
you will have weaselled
he/she/it will have weaselled
we will have weaselled
you will have weaselled
they will have weaselled
Future Continuous
I will be weaselling
you will be weaselling
he/she/it will be weaselling
we will be weaselling
you will be weaselling
they will be weaselling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been weaselling
you have been weaselling
he/she/it has been weaselling
we have been weaselling
you have been weaselling
they have been weaselling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been weaselling
you will have been weaselling
he/she/it will have been weaselling
we will have been weaselling
you will have been weaselling
they will have been weaselling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been weaselling
you had been weaselling
he/she/it had been weaselling
we had been weaselling
you had been weaselling
they had been weaselling
Conditional
I would weasel
you would weasel
he/she/it would weasel
we would weasel
you would weasel
they would weasel
Past Conditional
I would have weaselled
you would have weaselled
he/she/it would have weaselled
we would have weaselled
you would have weaselled
they would have weaselled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weasel - a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.weasel - small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neckweasel - small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
genus Mustela, Mustela - type genus of the family Mustelidae: minks and weasels
Mustela erminea, shorttail weasel, ermine - mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat
Mustela rixosa, New World least weasel - of Canada and northeastern United States
longtail weasel, long-tailed weasel, Mustela frenata - the common American weasel distinguished by large size and black-tipped tail
muishond - southern African weasel

weasel

noun
Related words
adjective musteline
male whittret

weasel

noun
One who behaves in a stealthy, furtive way:
verb
To use evasive or deliberately vague language:
Informal: pussyfoot, waffle.
Translations
اِبْنُ عِرْسسُرْعوب: إبْن عِرْس
lasice
væselbæltekøretøjbrud
vizelo
nirk
lumikkonäätäeläinkärppä
lasica
lánctalpas jármûmenyét
hreysiköttur, vísla
イタチ飯綱
족제비
vikšrinis visureigisžebenkštis
zebieksteapvidus mašina
lasicaratrak
vessla
อีเห็น
gelincigelincik
con chồn

weasel

[ˈwiːzl]
A. N (weasel or weasels (pl))
1. (Zool) → comadreja f
2. (= person) → zorro/a m/f
B. VI to weasel out of sth (= extricate o.s.) → escabullirse de algo
C. CPD weasel words NPLambages mpl, palabras fpl equívocas

weasel

[ˈwiːzəl] nbelette f

weasel

n
Wiesel nt
(inf: = person) → Heimtücker m
vi (esp US inf: = be evasive) → schwafeln (inf)

weasel

[ˈwiːzl] n (Zool) → donnola

weasel

(ˈwiːzl) noun
a type of small flesh-eating animal with a long slender body.

weasel

اِبْنُ عِرْس lasice væsel Wiesel κουνάβι comadreja lumikko belette lasica donnola イタチ 족제비 wezel røyskatt łasica doninha ласка vessla อีเห็น gelincik con chồn 黄鼠狼
References in classic literature ?
A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life.
He was yet to learn that for size and weight the weasel was the most ferocious, vindictive, and terrible of all the killers of the Wild.
The weasel let go the cub and flashed at the she-wolf's throat, missing, but getting a hold on the jaw instead.
I observed the young animal's flesh to smell very rank, and the stink was somewhat between a weasel and a fox, but much more disagreeable.
The HOUYHNHNMS keep the YAHOOS for present use in huts not far from the house; but the rest are sent abroad to certain fields, where they dig up roots, eat several kinds of herbs, and search about for carrion, or sometimes catch weasels and LUHIMUHS (a sort of wild rat), which they greedily devour.
Under Jerry's leadership, always running second and after on the narrow trails as a subdued dog should, he learned the ways and habits of the foxes, the coons, the weasels, and the ring-tail cats that seemed compounded of cat and coon and weasel.
A thousand years, Haply ten thousand, hence the fox shall make His fastness in thy tomb, the weasel take Her young to thy dim sanctuary.
Several times she made little darts, as if at last resolved to escape from that detestable street, and faltered and returned like a bird to the weasel.
The eyes, which were fixed steadily upon the barking dog, were small and sparkling and looked like the eyes of a weasel.
But you just got to come to Weasel Park to-morrow, Saxon.
The poor Marionette was caught in a trap set there by a Farmer for some Weasels which came every night to steal his chickens.
The hawks and weasels and 'coons were so many Dowsetts, Lettons, and Guggenhammers that struck at him secretly.