Origin of ant
Origin of -ant
Origin of an't
Examples from the Web for ant
Contemporary Examples of ant
I was reducing everything to ant scale, the U.S. included—an ant White House, an ant CIA, an ant Congress, an ant Pentagon.
Strangely, he did this by diluting the sting of the ant scene.
You might think of ant larvae as just a stage in the development of an ant.Mexico City’s Magical Moment of Resurgence
Condé Nast Traveler
February 10, 2014
If the future reneges, people may decide that they might as well be a grasshopper, since the ant gets just as screwed.Our Demographic Decline
December 4, 2012
It was like force-feeding sugar to an ant: you just can't overdo it.Paul Begala on Why Bill Clinton’s Still Got the Magic
October 10, 2012
Historical Examples of ant
Lads of Zuñi took my egg and hatched it under a turkey hen, at the Ant Hill.The Trail Book
People have so much to say about an ant's strength, and an elephant's, and a locomotive's.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.Self-Help
I have a man in my mind now who has exactly the head and face, if face it can be called, of an ant.Wilfrid Cumbermede
An ant or a bee only loves, so to speak, the whole assemblage of his companions.The Sexual Question
Word Origin for ant
contraction of mainly British
suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -ant
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.
agent or instrumental suffix, from Old French and French -ant, from Latin -antem, accusative of -ans, present participle suffix of many Latin verbs.