weasel

A weasel is a sneaky and sly person. Your weasel of a friend has a habit of "forgetting" his wallet every time he goes out to dinner with you.

You can call someone who cheats and lies a weasel, or you can use the word literally, to refer to the small furry mammal called a weasel. The furry kind of weasel is known for its short legs, long neck, and musky smell. In fact, the word's Proto-Germanic origin wisand carries the meaning of a stinky animal. The verb weasel means to sneak or evade, like when you weasel out of doing the dishes.

Primary Meanings of weasel

1.
n
small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck
2.
n
a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky
Full Definitions of weasel
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n small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck

Types:
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Mustela erminea, ermine, shorttail weasel
mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat
Mustela rixosa, New World least weasel
of Canada and northeastern United States
Mustela nivalis, Old World least weasel
of Europe
Mustela frenata, long-tailed weasel, longtail weasel
the common American weasel distinguished by large size and black-tipped tail
muishond
southern African weasel
stoat
the ermine in its brown summer coat with black-tipped tail
Poecilogale albinucha, snake muishond
small slender burrowing muishond with white top of the head
Ictonyx striata, striped muishond
ferret-sized muishond often tamed
Ictonyx frenata, zoril
muishond of northern Africa
Type of:
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal
fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
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n a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky

Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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