Definition of ferret :
1. A kind of narrow tape, usually made of woolen; sometimes of cotton or silk; - called also ferreting.
2. An animal of the Weasel family ( Mustela Putorius furo), about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been domesticated in Europe.
3. The iron used for trying the melted glass to see if is fit to work, and for shaping the rings at the mouths of bottles.
4. 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.
discover, black-footed ferret, dredge, descry, bag, bite, ascertain, scout, root, bait, pick through, blood sports, dig up, scare up, learn, black bear, anteater, look for, turn up, probe, look out for, hunt down, locate, angora, run down, capture, badger, ferret out, big game, Mustela nigripes, nose out, determine, hit, bat, bighorn sheep, seek out, go through, search out, find out, dig out, hunt, get, detect, search, scavenge, angling, track, rout, rummage, cast
mammal (part of speech: noun)
gazelle, hog, camel, cavy, jackal, donkey, lynx, hare, hedgehog, otter, antelope, wolf, sheep, echidna, rhinoceros, mule, lemming, dog, horse, mongoose, squirrel, raccoon, hyena, dingo, burro, ibex, wallaby, panda, coyote, elephant, caribou, opossum, llama, lion, giraffe, mole, cow, puma, polecat, mouse, arctic fox, cat, ox, zebra, kangaroo, pig, weasel, marmot, gnu, hamster, porcupine, stag, camelopard, bobcat, ermine, panther, ocelot, deer, chipmunk, bison, alpaca, gopher, cheetah, wombat, sable, yak, koala, rabbit, buffalo, swine, stoat, mink, shrew, skunk, cougar, fox, hippopotamus, possum, beaver, goat, bear, tiger, dromedary, sloth, platypus, moose, chinchilla, jaguar, reindeer, rat, leopard, elk, ass
- Mr. Price was the same keen- faced, ferret- like person he always appeared, as Dave introduced him to the manager. - "Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane", Roy Rockwood.
- Do you ferret him? - "Hills and the Sea", H. Belloc.
- I must go back for the other ferret presently. - "Greene Ferne Farm", Richard Jefferies.