Origin of ant
Examples from the Web for antlike
Historical Examples of antlike
He felt that it would be like an attack, although a futile and antlike one, at creation itself.The Debtor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The little safari for the third time crawled its antlike way across the immensities of the veldt.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Antlike, men were swarming everywhere bent upon changing, and yet they changed nothing.
In one of the cases, opposite me, there's one of the Martian creatures—a big, antlike fellow.The Secret of the Ninth Planet
Donald Allen Wollheim
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.