Definition of gnat
: any of various small usually biting dipteran flies
gnattyplay \-ē\ adjective
Recent Examples of gnat from the Web
Schagrin, dressed in a t-shirt and water shoes, cheerfully swatted away gnats while giving a visitor a walk-through.
Threat level: Not interested in contending at this time, but get back to us in a couple of years The Royals are a gnat that probably has better things to do, but the Indians have essentially invited it to pester them.
Captain Mike Carter reports no current in his end of the lake, above Goose Pond, plus billion of gnats.
But his response makes the protesters seem like bothersome gnats that can easily be swatted away.
Fungus gnats, the bothersome small fruit fly-size pest prefer wet, organic rich soils, so careful not to over water.
A spider web is a sprawling, ultrasensitive intelligence-gathering system, transmitting signals about where to find that ensnared gnat or whether sector 6A needs patching.
Well, bedbugs, though, were spotted on subway benches at Union Square, Fordham Road, and Hoyt-Schermerhorn stations, similar to how lice and gnats attacked Egypt in Exodus’ Ten Plagues.
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Origin and Etymology of gnat
Middle English, from Old English gnætt; akin to Old English gnagan to gnaw
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of gnat for English Language Learners
: a small fly that bites people and animals
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Definition of gnat for Students
: a very small usually biting fly
Medical Definition of gnat
: any of various small usually biting dipteran flies (as a midge or blackfly)
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