These days, Dougherty calls McCain a “chameleon” who is “flopping all over the place” to make himself attractive to voters.
He is also a chameleon, he says, able to adapt his personality to appease any audience.
You have to be an everyman and chameleon, so that every bit of you is involved in the end.
While he could be a chameleon on the international stage, he was never a man of dialogue on the domestic front.
Far from a crude warlord, he was a chameleon, equally comfortable as a preacher or a warrior.
You must conduct me and my wife on board the chameleon; we will hoist sail and will be saved.
Not that mine is altogether a chameleon spirit, with no hue of its own.
At other times his opinions were as changeable as the hue of the chameleon.
It is not pleasant to have you imitate the chameleon, in this manner.
Whatever may be the cause, the fact seems to be certain, that the chameleon has an antipathy to objects of a black colour.
mid-14c., camelion, from Old French caméléon, from Latin chamaeleon, from Greek khamaileon "the chameleon," from khamai "on the ground" (also "dwarf"), akin to chthon "earth" (see chthonic) + leon "lion" (see lion). Perhaps the large head-crest on some species was thought to resemble a lion's mane. The classical -h- was restored in English early 18c. Figurative sense of "variable person" is 1580s. It formerly was supposed to live on air (cf. "Hamlet" III.ii.98).
a species of lizard which has the faculty of changing the colour of its skin. It is ranked among the unclean animals in Lev. 11:30, where the Hebrew word so translated is _coah_ (R.V., "land crocodile"). In the same verse the Hebrew _tanshemeth_, rendered in Authorized Version "mole," is in Revised Version "chameleon," which is the correct rendering. This animal is very common in Egypt and in the Holy Land, especially in the Jordan valley.