Origin of gnat
Examples from the Web for gnat
Some kind of fly, gnit, gnat, tick or flea of some kind...the desert kind.Marine First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff’s Last Letters Home From Iraq|Matt Pottinger|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mighty fine, doctor; but suppose a fly or a gnat should settle on my face?It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
We admit the justice of your satire; but with deference, it strikes us that it does not require a cimeter to cut down a gnat.
Iktomi wading in the lake had been swallowed like a gnat in the water.Old Indian Legends|Zitkala-Sa
The machine goes on without perceiving that the blue-bottle or the gnat has fallen from its wheel.
How comes he to strain at the gnat of formality in the old-fashioned garden, yet readily swallow the camel at Stowe?Garden-Craft Old and New|John D. Sedding
British Dictionary definitions for gnat
Word Origin for gnat
Word Origin and History for gnat
Old English gnætt "gnat, midge, mosquito," earlier gneat, used of various small, flying insects, from Proto-Germanic *gnattaz (cf. Low German gnatte, German Gnitze); perhaps literally "biting insect" and related to gnaw.
The gnatte is a litil fflye, and hatte culex..he soukeþ blood and haþ in his mouþ a pipe, as hit were a pricke..And is a-countid a-mong volatiles..and greueþ slepinge men wiþ noyse & wiþ bytinge and wakeþ hem of here reste. [John of Trevisa, transl. of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]