Meaning of weasel

wea•sel

Pronunciation: (wē'zul), [key]
— n., pl. v. -sels, -sel,
—n.
  1. any small carnivore of the genus Mustela, of the family Mustelidae, having a long, slender body and feeding chiefly on small rodents.
  2. any of various similar animals of the family Mustelidae.
  3. a cunning, sneaky person.
  4. a tracked vehicle resembling a tractor, used in snow.
  5. an informer; stool pigeon.
—v.i.
  1. to evade an obligation, duty, or the like; renege (often fol. by out): That's one invitation I'd like to weasel out of.
  2. to use weasel words; be ambiguous; mislead: Upon cross-examination the witness began to weasel.
  3. to inform.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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