Meaning of MOUSE in English

MOUSE

n. & v.

--n. (pl. mice)

1. a any of various small rodents of the family Muridae, esp. of the genus Mus. b any of several similar rodents such as a small shrew or vole.

2 a timid or feeble person.

3 Computing a small hand-held device which controls the cursor on a VDU screen.

4 sl. a black eye.

--v.intr. also 1 (esp. of a cat, owl, etc.) hunt for or catch mice.

2 (foll. by about) search industriously; prowl about as if searching.

Phrases and idioms:

mouse-coloured

1. dark-grey with a yellow tinge.

2 nondescript light brown. mouse deer a chevrotain. mouse hare a pika.

Derivatives:

mouselike adj. & adv. mouser n.

Etymology: OE mus, pl. mys f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.