ant

noun
\ ˈant \

Definition of ant 

(Entry 1 of 6)

: 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

: impatience for action or activity : restlessness

ant

abbreviation (1)

Definition of ant (Entry 2 of 6)

1 antenna

2 antonym

Ant

abbreviation (2)

Definition of Ant (Entry 3 of 6)

Antarctica

ant-

prefix

Definition of ant- (Entry 4 of 6)

— see anti-

Definition of -ant (Entry 5 of 6)

1a : one that performs (a specified action) : personal or impersonal agent claimant coolant

b : thing that promotes (a specified action or process) expectorant

2 : one connected with annuitant

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

Definition of -ant (Entry 6 of 6)

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

2 : promoting (a specified action or process) expectorant

Examples of ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of the most popular items on birds' menus include beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers and crickets. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 In short, here's how to get intimate like an ant: Be a queen. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "For Americans, it’s the Fourth of July. For Brits, it’s Flying Ant Day.," 4 July 2018 Their menu of choice includes ants, silverfish, beetle larvae, spiders, and even roaches. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "It has 30 legs and hides in your basement in summer. Don’t kill it," 26 June 2018 Expect to see huge spiders, lady bugs, black ants, and other creepy crawlies. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Big bugs come back to the Houston Zoo," 7 June 2018 Spearmint and peppermint are useful in attracting bees and repelling black flea beetles, ants, mosquitoes, white cabbage butterflies, aphids, and cabbage maggots. OregonLive.com, "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018 An ant colony, a sloth, kangaroos, rabbits, lizards, pigs, crabs, wallabies and monkeys are among the critters American has been asked to transport. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Smells, growls and disputes: AA urges DOT to allow only trained service dogs in airline cabins," 10 July 2018 The scene takes place back at Scott’s house with a gigantic ant playing the drums, much like Scott would have in his daily routine. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' piques your interest long after the credits roll," 8 July 2018 According to Yahoo Sports, flying ants were swarming around her head and getting stuck in her hair. Kathy Ehrich Dowd, PEOPLE.com, "Caroline Wozniacki Eliminated from Wimbledon After Being Bugged by Flying Insects on the Court," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of ant

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ant

Noun

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

Noun suffix

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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More Definitions for ant

ant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ant

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

English Language Learners Definition of -ant (Entry 2 of 3)

: a person or thing that does a specified thing

English Language Learners Definition of -ant (Entry 3 of 3)

: doing a specified thing or behaving in a specified way

ant

noun
\ ˈant \

Kids Definition of ant

: a small insect related to the bees and wasps that lives in colonies and forms nests in the ground or in wood in which it stores food and raises its young

Kids Definition of ant.

antonym

ant-

Kids Definition of ant-

see anti-

\ ənt \

Kids Definition of -ant

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : one that does or causes a certain thing deodorant

2 : thing that is acted upon in a certain way

Kids Definition of -ant (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : doing a certain thing or being a certain way observant

2 : causing a certain action

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