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weevil

[wee-vuh l] /ˈwi vəl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of numerous related beetles.
Origin of weevil
900
before 900; Middle English wevel, Old English wifel; cognate with Old High German wibil beetle; akin to wave
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  • The writer will be glad to co-operate with the growers, if they find the presence of the weevil in their strawberry beds.

  • It would have got all over the place, and would have soon reached weevil's ears.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • In stumbling, Hibbert's hand had been jerked from his breast, and Mr. weevil caught sight of the letter.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • How could he let that letter pass through the hands of Mr. weevil?

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • Mr. Bellamie adopted a gentle cynicism which would have been too subtle for weevil's comprehension.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • Mr. weevil was standing beside the visitor on the hearthrug.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • Boodles turned to the window and her shoulders began to shake, while old weevil was using his handkerchief as if he had a cold.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • But, as I sez, Mr. weevil don't understand boys when they're ill.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • weevil had left her, and was tumbling about the room, knocking himself against things and groaning.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • If Mr. weevil had passed along that tunnel in safety, why shouldn't he?

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
British Dictionary definitions for weevil

weevil

/ˈwiːvɪl/
noun
1.
Also called snout beetle. any beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products See also boll weevil
2.
Also called pea weevil, bean weevil. any of various beetles of the family Bruchidae (or Lariidae), the larvae of which live in the seeds of leguminous plants
3.
any of various similar or related beetles
Derived Forms
weevily, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wifel; related to Old High German wibil; compare Old Norse tordӯfill dungbeetle
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Word Origin and History for weevil
n.

Old English wifel "small beetle," from Proto-Germanic *webilaz (cf. Old Saxon wibil, Old High German wibil, German Wiebel "beetle, chafer," Old Norse tordyfill "dung beetle"), cognate with Lithuanian vabalas "beetle," from PIE root *webh- "to weave," also "to move quickly" (see weave (v.)). The sense gradually narrowed to a particular kind of beetle that, in larval or adult stages, bores into plants, often destroying them.

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Slang definitions & phrases for weevil

weep

Related Terms

read 'em and weep

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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