- 1[intransitive] ferret (about/around) (for something) (informal) to search for something that is lost or hidden among a lot of things She opened the drawer and ferreted around for her keys.
- 2[intransitive] to hunt rabbits, rats, etc. using ferrets See related entries: Wild mammals Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French fuiret, alteration of fuiron, based on late Latin furo
BrE BrE//ˈferɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ferret
BrE BrE//ˈferɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪt//he / she / it ferrets
BrE BrE//ˈferɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪts//past simple ferreted
BrE BrE//ˈferɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪtɪd//past participle ferreted
BrE BrE//ˈferɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪtɪd//-ing form ferreting
BrE BrE//ˈferɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪtɪŋ//Wild mammals