Definition of "ferret" []

  • A weasellike, usually albino mammal (Mustela putorius furo) related to the polecat and often trained to hunt rats or rabbits. (noun)
  • A black-footed ferret. (noun)
  • To hunt (rabbits, for example) with ferrets. (verb-transitive)
  • To drive out, as from a hiding place; expel. (verb-transitive)
  • To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used with out: "Their work merely points the way for others to ferret out the core components of all proteins” ( Natalie Angier). (verb-transitive)
  • A domesticated albino variety of the polecat Mustela putorius, bred for hunting rats, rabbits, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An assiduous searcher (noun)
  • To hunt (rabbits, rats, etc) with ferrets (verb)
  • To drive from hiding (verb)
  • To find by persistent investigation (verb)
  • To search around (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ferret" in a sentence
  • "Pivot, our undescented female ferret, is two today."
  • "Telemna, our crazy silvermitt female ferret, is five today."
  • "The ferret is shortly joined by his master, a man named Dustfinger."