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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wee-zuh l]
    • /ˈwi zəl/
    • /ˈwiː.zəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wee-zuh l]
    • /ˈwi zəl/

Definitions of weasel word

  • noun plural weasel any small carnivore of the genus Mustela, of the family Mustelidae, having a long, slender body and feeding chiefly on small rodents. 1
  • noun plural weasel any of various similar animals of the family Mustelidae. 1
  • noun plural weasel a cunning, sneaky person. 1
  • noun plural weasel a tracked vehicle resembling a tractor, used in snow. 1
  • noun plural weasel Slang. an informer; stool pigeon. 1
  • verb without object weasel to evade an obligation, duty, or the like; renege (often followed by out): That's one invitation I'd like to weasel out of. 1

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Origin of weasel

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; 1920-25 for def 6; Middle English wesele, Old English wesle, weosule; cognate with Old High German wisula, German Wiesel

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Parts of speech for Weasel


weasel popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

weasel usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for weasel

noun weasel

  • betrayer — to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty: Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.
  • blabbermouth — a person who talks too much or indiscreetly
  • canary — Canaries are small yellow birds which sing beautifully and are often kept as pets.
  • deceiver — to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
  • double-crosser — to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross.

verb weasel

  • avoid — If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
  • evade — Escape or avoid, esp. by cleverness or trickery.
  • baulk — the space, usually 29 inches deep, between the baulk line and the bottom cushion
  • balk — If you balk at something, you definitely do not want to do it or to let it happen.
  • dodge — to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.

Antonyms for weasel

verb weasel

  • confront — If you are confronted with a problem, task, or difficulty, you have to deal with it.
  • face — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
  • meet — greatest lower bound

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