pissant

noun, often attributive
piss·​ant | \ ˈpis-ˌant How to pronounce pissant (audio) \

Definition of pissant

sometimes vulgar
: one that is insignificant used as a generalized term of abuse

First Known Use of pissant

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pissant

pissant ant, from piss entry 1 + ant

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“Pissant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pissant. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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