water bug

noun

Definition of water bug 

: any of various small arthropods and especially insects that frequent damp or wet places: such as

a : german cockroach

b : water boatman

c : any of various large aquatic bugs (family Belostomatidae) with the hind legs flattened and used for swimming

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Plus, Dana’s sister is in town which means tales of cats, water bugs and tiny steaks to follow. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dem divides emerge," 23 May 2018 These are not the tiny water bugs who float up Alpine climbs in July. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Masters Is Paris-Roubaix," 5 Apr. 2018 Junior forward Luke House, at 6-foot-4, had the unenviable task of guarding Baylor-Carroll, who danced with the ball like a water bug before making plays. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Don'yae Baylor-Carroll, Milton Hershey stop Archbishop Carroll in state quarterfinals," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of water bug

1745, in the meaning defined above

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water bug

noun

English Language Learners Definition of water bug

: a small insect that lives in or near water

water bug

noun

Kids Definition of water bug

: any of various insects that live in or near water or in moist places

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