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  1. the bite of a flea.
  2. the red spot caused by the bite of a flea.
  3. any petty annoyance or irritation, as a trifling wound.
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Origin of fleabite

First recorded in 1400–50, fleabite is from the late Middle English word flee byte. See flea, bite
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Examples from the Web for fleabite

Historical Examples

  • “Why, that was only a fleabite, youngster,” he replied laughing.

    Afloat at Last

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • But that expense was a fleabite when compared with the cost of the structural alterations that were now fairly in hand.

    Mrs. Thompson

    William Babington Maxwell

  • But punctilli are infections commonly sanguineous, as if they had arisen from a fleabite, only they remain continually.

  • A thousand cars are a fleabite compared with the daily movement in the busy season.

British Dictionary definitions for fleabite


  1. the bite of a flea
  2. a slight or trifling annoyance or discomfort
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