Origin of ant
Related Words for antstick, vermin, pest, mite, bee, butterfly, gnat, dragonfly, moth, grasshopper, spider, cockroach, termite, mosquito, beetle, flea, aphid, ladybug, nervousness, anxiety
Examples from the Web for ants
Contemporary Examples of ants
Dr. Tanning assured me that these feelings were not just ANTS (“automatic negative thoughts,” in therapy parlance).My Therapist Dumped Me
April 4, 2014
Ants crawl everywhere, forcing visitors to watch their step.This Cairo College Campus Is Now a 'Warzone'
February 18, 2014
She laughs when she recalls how he served her cereal from a box so old, there were ants in it.Shooting the Stars With Fashion Photographers Markus and Indrani
November 25, 2012
Kathie goes too far in a segment about ants that “are seeking out moisture.”Kathie Lee Gifford Insults Martin Short & More Cringe-Worthy Moments (VIDEO)
May 31, 2012
Brazilians much on ants, either covered in chocolate or, again, fried.Forget the Starbucks Backlash—We Should Be Eating More Bugs
April 24, 2012
Historical Examples of ants
Yes, they were like an army of ants that had been suddenly thrown into confusion.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Why, Maria, if you look close ye can see jes' where the ants crawl in and out.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
There is no use trying to depend on killing all these ants after they have taken possession.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Who would ever have thought that a nest of ants would be so hard to kill?
Around these the ants make their nests, so as to have their cows in stables of their own.
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.