From Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel (“beetle”), from Proto-West Germanic *wibil, from Proto-Germanic *wibilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰel-, from *(h₁)webʰ- (“to wave, to weave”), said to be from the woven appearance of a weevil’s larval case, + *-el-, *-l̥- (diminutive or attributive suffix); see also wave and weave.
Compare Old Saxon *wivil (“beetle”); Middle Low German wevel; Old High German wibil, wipil (modern German Wiebel (“beetle; chafer”)); Lithuanian vãbalas (“beetle; weevil”); Old Norse vifill, as in tordyfill (“dung beetle, scarab”) (whence Dutch tortwevel; Icelandic tordýfill, Norwegian tordivel, Old English tordwifel, Swedish tordyvel); dialectal Russian ве́блица (véblica, “intestinal worm”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwiːv(ə)l/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwiːvɪl/
Audio (AU) (file)
- Rhymes: -iːvəl
- Hyphenation: wee‧vil
weevil (plural weevils)
- Any of several small herbivorous beetles in the superfamily Curculionoidea, many having a distinctive snout.
- Any of several small herbivorous beetles in the family Curculionidae belonging to the superfamily Curculionoidea.
- Any of several similar but more distantly related beetles such as the biscuit weevil (Stegobium paniceum).
- (figuratively, derogatory) A loathsome person.
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