gnat

[ nat ]
/ næt /

noun

any of certain small flies, especially the biting gnats or punkies of the family Ceratopogonidae, the midges of the family Chironomidae, and the black flies of the family Simuliidae.
British. mosquito.

Idioms

    strain at a gnat and swallow a camel, to fuss about trifles while ignoring more serious matters.

Origin of gnat

before 900; Middle English; Old English gnæt(t); cognate with German (dial.) Gnatze

Related forms

gnat·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gnat

gnat

/ (næt) /

noun

any of various small fragile biting dipterous insects of the suborder Nematocera, esp Culex pipiens (common gnat), which abounds near stagnant water

Derived Forms

gnatlike, adjective

Word Origin for gnat

Old English gnætt; related to Middle High German gnaz scurf, German dialect Gnitze gnat
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Medicine definitions for gnat

gnat

[ năt ]

n.

Any of various small, biting, two-winged flies, such as a biting midge or black fly.
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