verb (used with object), ear·wigged, ear·wig·ging.
Origin of earwig
Examples from the Web for earwig
From the earwig's habit of watching over her young I am inclined to believe that this insect possesses true mother-love.The Dawn of Reason|James Weir
Then they went down into the worm-hole—the earwig in front with the shining wood, then Pluizer, then Johannes.The Quest|Frederik van Eeden
The care of the earwig not only extends to her eggs, but also to her young larv.The Life of an Insect|Anonymous
The name "earwig" itself is sufficiently puzzling, but "coach-bell" seems, if possible, still more utterly unintelligible.
"That is quite out in the big world, on the other side of the ditch," answered an earwig.What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
verb -wigs, -wigging or -wigged
Word Origin for earwig
(Forficula auricularia), Old English earwicga, from eare (see ear (n.1)) + wicga "beetle, worm," probably related to wiggle. So called from the ancient and widespread (but false) belief that the garden pest went into people's ears. Cf. French perce-oreille, German ohr-wurm.