- an ant.
Origin of pismire
Examples from the Web for pismire
At first he said he was a pismire, but the Speaker said pismire was not parliamentary, and he modified it to grasshopper.
I've got a thousand-legged worm at the head of a pismire flush, and it serves us right, for a lot of slovens.Woodcraft and Camping
George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
Bache tells us that pismire was also banned, antmire being substituted for it.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
As if we should look upon an ant or pismire, the parts fly the sight, and the whole considered is almost nothing.Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter
Thou art no more than a pismire; why wilt thou seek to provoke the elephants?
- an archaic or dialect word for an ant
Word Origin and History for pismire
"ant," late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from pyss "urine" (said to be in reference to the acrid smell of an anthill) + mire "an ant," probably from Old Norse maurr "ant" (cf. Swedish myra, Danish myre, Middle Dutch miere, Dutch mier, Crimean Gothic miera "ant"), from PIE base *morwi- (see Formica (2)). Cf. pissant, also early Dutch mierseycke (from seycke "urine"), Finnish kusiainen (from kusi "urine").
He is as angry as a pissemyre,
Though þat he haue al that he kan desire.
Applied contemptuously to persons from 1560s.