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squirrely

[skwur-uh-lee, skwuhr- or, esp. British, skwir-] /ˈskwɜr ə li, ˈskwʌr- or, esp. British, ˈskwɪr-/
adjective, Slang.
1.
eccentric; flighty.
Also, squirrelly.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; squirrel + -y1
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  • At those speeds a pristine ball gets squirrelly, whereas a scuffed ball keeps breaking away from the holes.
Word Origin and History for squirrelly

squirrely

adj.

1925, from squirrel (n.) + -y (2). Related: Squirreliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squirrelly

squirrel

noun
  1. A crazy or eccentric person; nut, weirdo: I seen some squirrels in my life, but you got 'em all beat (1940s+)
  2. A hesitant or confused hot-rod driver (1950s+ Hot rodders)
verb
  1. (also squirrel away)To hoard or cache something; hide and save something for later (1939+)
  2. To weave about the road while driving, esp a hot rod (1950s+ Hot rodders)
Related Terms

seam squirrel


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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