noun ear·wig \-ˌwig\

: an insect that has long, thin feelers and two curved, pointed parts at the end of the body

Full Definition of EARWIG

:  any of numerous insects (order Dermaptera) having slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of cerci resembling forceps at the end of the body

Origin of EARWIG

Middle English erwigge, from Old English ēarwicga, from ēare ear + wicga insect
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine



Definition of EARWIG

transitive verb
:  to annoy or attempt to influence by private talk

First Known Use of EARWIG

EARWIGS Defined for Kids


noun ear·wig \ˈir-ˌwig\

Definition of EARWIG for Kids

:  an insect with long slender feelers and a part at the end of its body that pinches and is used for self-defense


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