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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fer-it]
    • /ˈfɛr ɪt/
    • /ˈfer.ɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fer-it]
    • /ˈfɛr ɪt/

Definitions of ferreting word

  • noun ferreting a domesticated, usually red-eyed, and albinic variety of the polecat, used in Europe for driving rabbits and rats from their burrows. 1
  • noun ferreting black-footed ferret. 1
  • verb with object ferreting to drive out by using or as if using a ferret (often followed by out): to ferret rabbits from their burrows; to ferret out enemies. 1
  • verb with object ferreting to hunt with ferrets. 1
  • verb with object ferreting to hunt over with ferrets: to ferret a field. 1
  • verb with object ferreting to search out, discover, or bring to light (often followed by out): to ferret out the facts. 1

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Origin of ferreting

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English fer(r)et(te), fyret, furet < Middle French furet < Vulgar Latin *furittus, equivalent to fūr thief (< Latin) + -ittus -et

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Parts of speech for Ferreting


ferreting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

ferreting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ferreting

verb ferreting

  • shovel — an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
  • forage — food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender.
  • probe — to search into or examine thoroughly; question closely: to probe one's conscience.
  • ransack — to search thoroughly or vigorously through (a house, receptacle, etc.): They ransacked the house for the missing letter.
  • unearth — to dig or get out of the earth; dig up.

Antonyms for ferreting

verb ferreting

  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • dirty — soiled with dirt; foul; unclean: dirty laundry.
  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
  • laze — to idle or lounge lazily (often followed by around): I was too tired to do anything but laze around this weekend.
  • tinker — a mender of pots, kettles, pans, etc., usually an itinerant.

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