verb to weasel (present participle weaselling (UK), weaseling (US), past tense and past participle weaselled (UK), weaseled (US))
- 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 family.
:To weasel out of doing something
- To benefit by clever or devious means, esp. to escape a commitment (from the supposed cunningness of the weasel).
:To weasel something out of somebody
Etymology: The word weasel is the direct descendant of wesule, wesle, 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.
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