Origin of gnat
Related Words for gnattick, vermin, pest, mite, bee, butterfly, dragonfly, moth, grasshopper, spider, cockroach, termite, ant, mosquito, beetle, flea, aphid, ladybug, fly, louse
Examples from the Web for gnat
Contemporary Examples of 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
May 26, 2013
Historical Examples of gnat
He walked round them the first time, but there was no sign of the gnat.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
The charming creatures will neither strain at a camel nor swallow a gnat.Notes on Life and Letters
The Gnat lay in the roadstead off Rathmullan, beyond reach that night.
I would shelter there till daylight summoned me to my post of duty on the Gnat.
But this would be straining at a gnat, and swallowing a camel.
Word Origin 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]