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ant

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noun \ˈant\

Simple Definition of ant

  • : a kind of small insect that lives in an organized social group

Full Definition of ant

  1. :  any of a family (Formicidae) of colonial hymenopterous insects with a complex social organization and various castes performing special duties

ants in one's pants
  1. :  impatience for action or activity :  restlessness

Origin of ant

Middle English ante, emete, from Old English æmette; akin to Old High German āmeiza ant


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

Rhymes with ant


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ant

abbreviation

Definition of ant

  1. 1 antenna

  2. 2 antonym




Ant

abbreviation

Definition of Ant

  1. Antarctica




ant-

Definition of ant-

  1. see anti-




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-ant

noun suffix

Simple Definition of -ant

  • : a person or thing that does a specified thing

Full Definition of -ant

  1. 1 a :  one that performs (a specified action) :  personal or impersonal agent <claimant> <coolant> b :  thing that promotes (a specified action or process) <expectorant>

  2. 2 :  one connected with <annuitant>

  3. 3 :  thing acted upon (in a specified manner) <inhalant>

Origin of -ant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from -ant, present participle suffix, from Latin -ant-, -ans, present participle suffix of first conjugation, from -a- (stem vowel of first conjugation) + -nt-, -ns, present participle suffix; akin to Old English -nde, present participle suffix, Greek -nt-, -n, participle suffix


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-ant

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -ant

  • : doing a specified thing or behaving in a specified way

Full Definition of -ant

  1. 1 :  performing (a specified action) or being (in a specified condition) <somnambulant>

  2. 2 :  promoting (a specified action or process) <expectorant>




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