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A weasel Mustela frenata (2)

Etymology

The word weasel is the direct descendant of Old English weosule, a weak feminine noun that has cognates in other Germanic languages (Dutch wezel, German Wiesel), but has no known cognates in other Indo-European languages.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
weasel

Plural
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  1. The least weasel, (Mustela nivalis)
  2. 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.
  3. The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.

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Verb

Infinitive
to weasel

Third person singular
weasels

Simple past
weaseled or weaselled

Past participle
weaseled or weaselled

Present participle
weaseling or weaselling

to weasel (third-person singular simple present weasels, present participle weaseling or weaselling, simple past and past participle weaseled or weaselled)
  1. To benefit by clever or devious means, esp. to escape a commitment (from the supposed cunningness of the weasel).
To weasel out of doing something
To weasel something out of somebody

Usage notes

  • Weaseling and weaseled are more common in the US. Weaselling and weaselled are more common in the UK.

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