Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. A person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.
  • intransitive v. To be evasive; equivocate.
  • weasel out Informal To back out of a situation or commitment in a sneaky or cowardly manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The least weasel, Mustela nivalis.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.
  • n. A devious or sneaky person or animal.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To achieve by clever or devious means.
  • v. To gain something for oneself by clever or devious means.
  • v. To engage in clever or devious behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small carnivorous digitigrade mammal of the restricted genus Putorius, of the family Mustelidæ, related to the stoat or ermine, ferret, and polecat of the same genus, and less intimately to the marten or sable of the genus Mustela of the same family.
  • n. The weasel-coot.
  • n. A lean, mean, sneaking, greedy fellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky
  • n. small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck

Etymologies

Middle English wesele, from Old English wesle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English wesele, from Old English weosule, from Proto-Germanic *wisulōn (compare West Frisian wezeling, Dutch wezel, German Wiesel), from Proto-Indo-European *wiselos (compare Irish fíal 'ferret'), from *wis- 'musk, stink' (compare Latin virus 'slimy liquid, mud; stench', Sanskrit विस्र (visra) 'musty, smelling of raw meat)'. (Wiktionary)

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  • That is disgusting.
    Now I have more reason to dislike Harry Potter... and Ginny Weasley

    December 1, 2009

  • In my experience, frindley is always to be believed. :-)

    December 1, 2009

  • So, if frindley is to be believed, Harry Potter is a weasel. I always thought he had a shifty look about him.

    November 26, 2009

  • Pop! goes the weasel.

    November 26, 2009

  • Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals... except the weasel. - Homer Simpson

    March 8, 2009

  • The weasel is a dirty animal that must not be eaten. It conceives at the mouth and gives birth through the ear (though some say it is the other way around). If the birth takes place through the right ear, the offspring will be male; if it is through the left ear, a female will be born…

    The weasel is the enemy of the basilisk and is the only animal that can kill one.

    October 12, 2008