Definition of flea
: any of an order (Siphonaptera) of small wingless bloodsucking insects that have a hard laterally compressed body and legs adapted to leaping and that feed on warm-blooded animals
flea in one's ear
: rebuke sent him away with a flea in his ear
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The city will be awash in Phish-themed workouts, hazy after-parties, children’s concerts, daytime boat cruises, art shows, flea markets and even tailgate-style gatherings.
A rose — the Good Egg award — to Luke Riley, the flea-market art lover who bought a 13-inch-tall bronze statuette of Humpty Dumpty at Kobey’s Swap Meet and later realized it had been filched from the Del Mar county fair.
Just look at HGTV design star Emily Henderson—whose accessibly-chic, Scandi-mid-century-modern-Etsy-flea-market style (seen below) is as hot as all that’s hygge—refers to her towheaded daughter, Elliott, by the nickname Birdie.
Continue east on Peters Street and make your way to the French Market’s flea market, which is open every day of the year.
Among the attractions at the show throughout the weekend are operating model railroads, a petting zoo, flea market and crafts for children in the Kiddie Korral.
The Maxwell Street market — its principal thoroughfare was just south of Roosevelt Road on either side of Halsted Street — was the predecessor of today's suburban flea markets.
Kentucky Flea Market Fourth of July Spectacular. Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 1; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, July 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, July 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.
Arts District Co-Op Flea Market + Live Music Formerly Arts District Flea, the 15,000-square-foot space hosts more than two dozen stores offering everything from jewelry and apparel to home goods and oversize paintings by L.A. artisans.
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Origin and Etymology of flea
Middle English fle, from Old English flēa; akin to Old High German flōh flea
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
FLEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flea for English Language Learners
: a very small insect that lives on animals and that has strong legs used for jumping
FLEA Defined for Kids
Definition of flea for Students
: a small bloodsucking insect that has no wings and a hard body
Medical Definition of flea
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