The little safari for the third time crawled its antlike way across the immensities of the veldt.
In one of the cases, opposite me, there's one of the Martian creatures—a big, antlike fellow.
antlike, men were swarming everywhere bent upon changing, and yet they changed nothing.
He felt that it would be like an attack, although a futile and antlike one, at creation itself.
c.1500, from Middle English ampte (late 14c.), from Old English æmette "ant," from West Germanic *amaitjo (cf. Old High German ameiza, German Ameise) from a compound of bases *ai- "off, away" + *mai- "cut," from PIE *mai- "to cut" (cf. maim). Thus the insect's name is, etymologically, "the biter off."
As þycke as ameten crepeþ in an amete hulle [chronicle of Robert of Gloucester, 1297]Emmet survived into 20c. as an alternative form. White ant "termite" is from 1729. To have ants in one's pants "be nervous and fidgety" is from 1934, made current by a popular song; antsy embodies the same notion.