Ferreted
Ferret Fer"ret, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ferreted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ferreting}.] [Cf. F. fureter. See {Ferret}, n.] To drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony; to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; -- often used with out; as, to ferret out a secret. [1913 Webster]

Master Fer! I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • ferreted — fer·ret || ferɪt n. small mammal which is bred for hunting rabbits and rats, domesticated variety of the polecat; thin ribbon of cotton or silk (for binding or trimming) v. hunt with a ferret; drive out; worry; investigate; search about; find,… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ferret out — verb search and discover through persistent investigation (Freq. 1) She ferreted out the truth • Syn: ↑ferret • Hypernyms: ↑discover, ↑find • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • ferret — fer|ret1 [ˈferıt] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: furet, from Latin fur thief ] a small animal with a pointed nose, used to hunt rats and rabbits ferret 2 ferret2 v 1.) [always + adverb/preposition] [i]informal to search for somet …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ferret — [[t]fe̱rɪt[/t]] ferrets, ferreting, ferreted 1) N COUNT A ferret is a small, fierce animal which is used for hunting rabbits and rats. 2) VERB If you ferret about for something, you look for it in a lot of different places or in a place where it… …   English dictionary

  • ferret — I UK [ˈferɪt] / US [ˈferət] noun [countable] Word forms ferret : singular ferret plural ferrets a small thin furry animal with a long tail that people use for hunting rabbits and rats II UK [ˈferɪt] / US [ˈferət] verb [intransitive] Word forms… …   English dictionary

  • ferret out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms ferret out : present tense I/you/we/they ferret out he/she/it ferrets out present participle ferreting out past tense ferreted out past participle ferreted out to discover information by searching for it in a… …   English dictionary

  • ferret out — {literary} or[smell out] or[sniff out] {v.} To hunt or drive from hiding; to bring out into the open; search for and find. * /John ferreted out the answer to the question in the library./ * /Jane smelled out the boys secret hiding place in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ferret out — {literary} or[smell out] or[sniff out] {v.} To hunt or drive from hiding; to bring out into the open; search for and find. * /John ferreted out the answer to the question in the library./ * /Jane smelled out the boys secret hiding place in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Ferret — Fer ret, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ferreted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ferreting}.] [Cf. F. fureter. See {Ferret}, n.] To drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony; to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; often used with out; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ferreting — Ferret Fer ret, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ferreted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ferreting}.] [Cf. F. fureter. See {Ferret}, n.] To drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony; to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; often used with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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