From Middle English ele, from Old English ǣl (“eel”), from Proto-Germanic *ēlaz (“eel”). Cognate with West Frisian iel (“eel”), Dutch aal (“eel”), German Low German Aal, Ool (“eel”), German Aal (“eel”), Swedish, Danish and Norwegian ål (“eel”).
eel (plural eels)
- Any freshwater or marine fish of the order Anguilliformes, which are elongated and resemble snakes.
- The European eel, Anguilla anguilla.
eel (third-person singular simple present eels, present participle eeling, simple past and past participle eeled)
- To fish for eels.
- To move with a sinuous motion like that of an eel.