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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wee-vuh l]
    • /ˈwi vəl/
    • /ˈwiː.vəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wee-vuh l]
    • /ˈwi vəl/

Definitions of weevil word

  • noun weevil Also called snout beetle. any of numerous beetles of the family Curculionidae, which have the head prolonged into a snout and which are destructive to nuts, grain, fruit, etc. 1
  • noun weevil any of numerous related beetles. 1
  • noun weevil A small beetle with an elongated snout, the larvae of which typically develop inside seeds, stems, or other plant parts . Many are pests of crops or stored foodstuffs. 1
  • noun weevil type of beetle 1
  • countable noun weevil A weevil is a small insect which feeds on grain and seeds, and destroys crops. 0
  • noun weevil any beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products 0

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Origin of weevil

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English wevel, Old English wifel; cognate with Old High German wibil beetle; akin to wave

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Parts of speech for Weevil


weevil popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% 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".

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