Stoat Stoat, n. [OE. stot a stoat, horse, bullock; perhaps originally only of male animals, and akin to D. stooten to push, E. stutter; cf. Icel. st?tr a bull, Sw. stut a bullock. Cf. {Stot}.] (Zo["o]l.) The ermine in its summer pelage, when it is reddish brown, but with a black tip to the tail. The name is sometimes applied also to other brown weasels. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(Mustela erminea),

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  • stoat — [stōt] n. pl. stoats or stoat [ME stote] a large European ermine (Mustela erminea), esp. in its brown summer coat …   English World dictionary

  • stoat — [stəut US stout] n a small wild animal, similar to a ↑weasel, that has a long thin body and brown fur …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stoat — [ stout ] noun count a small thin animal with brown fur that lives in forests and kills other animals …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stoat — mid 15c., stote, ermine in its summer coat of brown, of uncertain origin. The word bears resemblance to O.N. stutr bull, Swed. stut bull, Dan. stud ox, but the sense is difficult unless a common notion is male animal …   Etymology dictionary

  • stoat — ► NOUN ▪ a small carnivorous mammal of the weasel family, with chestnut fur (white in northern animals in winter), white underparts, and a black tipped tail. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Stoat — Ermine redirects here. For other uses, see Ermine (disambiguation). Stoat Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • stoat — UK [stəʊt] / US [stoʊt] noun [countable] Word forms stoat : singular stoat plural stoats a small thin animal with brown fur that lives in forests and kills other animals …   English dictionary

  • stoat — noun (plural stoats; also stoat) Etymology: Middle English stote Date: 15th century the common Holarctic ermine (Mustela erminea) especially in its brown summer coat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stoat — [[t]sto͟ʊt[/t]] stoats N COUNT A stoat is a small, thin, wild animal that has brown fur. Some stoats that live in northern Europe have fur that turns white in winter …   English dictionary

  • stoat —    a libertine    It is unclear why the European ermine should have acquired such a reputation:     He fancied everyone really. By way of being a stoat, (le Carré, 1989)    Forster in 1971 used the same animal to represent homosexual lust …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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