A weasel Mustela frenata
From Middle English wesele, from Old English weosule, from Proto-Germanic *wisulǭ (compare West Frisian wezeling, Low German Wessel, Wissel, Dutch wezel, German Wiesel, Swedish vessla), 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)'.
The verb comes from the supposed cunningness of the weasel.
Wikipedia weasel (plural weasels)
- The least weasel, Mustela nivalis.
- 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.
- The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.
- A devious or sneaky person or animal.
- 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.
least weasel, Mustela nivalis
- Algonquin: cigosi
- Arabic: ابْن عِرْس (ar) (ibn 3irs) m
- Moroccan Arabic: فارة الخيل (farat el-khil) f (litt. horse-mouse)
- Armenian: աքիս (hy) (ak'is)
- Basque: erbinude (eu)
- Belarusian: ласка (be) (láska) f
- Breton: kaerell (br)
- Mandarin: 黃鼠狼 (cmn), 黄鼠狼 (cmn) (huángshǔláng)
- Czech: lasice (cs) f
- Danish: brud (da) c
- Dutch: wezel (nl) f and m
- Esperanto: (♂) vizelo (eo), (♀) vizelino (eo)
- Estonian: nirk (et)
- Finnish: lumikko (fi)
- French: belette (fr) f, belette d'Europe (fr) f, belette pygmée (fr) f, petite belette (fr) f
- Galician: denociña (gl) f
- German: Wiesel (de) n, Mauswiesel (de) n, Zwergwiesel (de) n, Kleinwiesel (de) n, (popularly) Hermännchen (de) n
- Greek: νυφίτσα (el) (nifítsa) f
- Ancient: γαλῆ f
- Hebrew: סמור (he) (samur)
- Hungarian: menyét (hu)
- Irish: bláthnaid ghallda (ga) f
- Italian: donnola (it) f
- Japanese: イタチ (ja) (itachi), 鼬鼠 (ja) (いたち, itachi), 飯綱 (ja) (いいずな, īzuna)
any mammal of the genus Mustela
any mammal of the family Mustelidae
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weasel (third-person singular simple present weasels, present participle weaseling or weaselling, simple past and past participle weaseled or weaselled)
- (transitive) To achieve by clever or devious means.
- 2010 (publication date), Tony Dajer, "Vital Signs", Discover, ISSN 0274-7529, volume 32, number 1, January–February 2011, page 10:
- Prisoners are notorious for weaseling day passes to get out of lockup […] .
- (transitive or reflexive) To gain something for oneself by clever or devious means.
- 2006, Tony Ruggiero, Alien Deception:
- He's weaseled himself into a position where he can influence the outcome of this election.
- 2010, Susie Davis, Uncovered: Revealing the Secrets of a Sexy Marriage, page 147:
- Within just a couple of days, she [a dog] had weaseled her way into our hearts.
- (intransitive) To engage in clever or devious behavior.
- 1996, Stefan Bechtel, Larry Stains, Sex: A Man's Guide, page 151:
- Authority figures have a history of weaseling on this topic.
to weasel out of doing something
to weasel something out of somebody