Definition of weasel in English:

weasel

Syllabification: wea·sel
Pronunciation: /ˈwēzəl
 
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noun

  • 1A small, slender, carnivorous mammal related to, but generally smaller than, the stoat.
    • Genus Mustela, family Mustelidae (the weasel family): several species, in particular M. nivalis of northern Eurasia and northern North America. The weasel family also includes the polecats, minks, martens, skunks, wolverine, otters, and badgers
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    • A cousin of mink, martens, otters, stoats, weasels and distantly related to seals, badgers are one of our oldest indigenous animals, whose fossil remains have been found to belong to the same era as mammoths.
    • Mammals such as weasels, foxes, stoats and especially roe deer can wander safely without the risk of being killed by traffic.
    • Mammalian carnivores such as weasels and foxes catch voles by chasing or pouncing and are probably just as dangerous in dense cover as in sparse.

verb (weasels, weaseling, weaseled ; British weasels, weaselling, weaselled)

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  • 1Achieve something by use of cunning or deceit: she suspects me of trying to weasel my way into his affections
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    • Tell him to weasel his way into the affections of as many receptionists, secretaries and PAs as is humanly possible, since they always know how things work, and he may find that he has been trying to get hold of the wrong person.
    • Except that when that happens, I conveniently find some bogus excuse or lame technicality to avoid paying your damages or to weasel my way into only paying part of them.
    • I then tried to weasel my way into the audience's affection, assuring punters that if they laughed at all my gags everyone would get their money back on the way out.
  • 1.1chiefly North American Behave or talk evasively.

Derivatives

weaselly

adjective
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  • Choose between the weaselly compromises most of us try in an attempt to be healthier and a radically pure approach that will have you forking out enormous sums of money on food supplements.
  • I suppose this reflects what she really thinks, as opposed to the similar but more weaselly language crafted by lawyers for the law school's website.
  • You know, Kyra, sometimes I worry that I give weaselly answers.

Origin

Old English wesle, wesule; related to Dutch wezel and German Wiesel.

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