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

Definitions of ferrety word

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

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Origin of ferrety

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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ferrety 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 70% 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.

ferrety usage trend in Literature

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