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any of numerous minute dipterous insects, especially of the family Chironomidae, somewhat resembling a mosquito.Compare gnat (def. 1).
a tiny person.



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Origin of midge

before 900; Middle English mygge,Old English mycg(e); cognate with German Mücke,Old Norse mȳ; akin to Greek myîa,Latin musca fly
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British Dictionary definitions for midge

/ (mɪdʒ) /


any fragile mosquito-like dipterous insect of the family Chironomidae, occurring in dancing swarms, esp near water
any similar or related insect, such as the biting midge and gall midge
a small or diminutive person or animal

Derived forms of midge

midgy, adjective

Word Origin for midge

Old English mycge; compare Old High German mucca, Danish myg
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Medical definitions for midge

[ mĭj ]


Any of various gnatlike flies, some species of which, such as the biting midges of the family Ceratopogonidae, serve as vectors for parasitic diseases.
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