- any of numerous minute dipterous insects, especially of the family Chironomidae, somewhat resembling a mosquito.Compare gnat(def 1).
- a tiny person.
Origin of midge
Examples from the Web for midge
Do you know that you're riding Midge, and that she's a hard case?Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
Kit Midge was thought in the family to be a wonderful little cat.
"I've been out on an errand, Sarah," answered Midge, with great dignity.
"I'll try real hard," said Midge, as she kissed her mother, again and again.
"Well, you can write those that don't matter so much," said Midge, kindly.
- 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
Word Origin and History for midge
Old English mygg, mycg "gnat," from Proto-Germanic *mugjon (cf. Swedish mygga, Old Saxon muggia, Middle Dutch mugghe, Dutch mug, Old High German mucka, German Mücke "midge, gnat"). No certain cognates beyond Germanic, unless doubtful Armenian mun "gnat" and Albanian mize "gnat" are counted. But Watkins, Klein and others suggest an imitative root used for various humming insects and a relationship to Latin musca (see mosquito). Meaning "diminutive person" is from 1796.
- Any of various gnatlike flies, some species of which, such as the biting midges of the family Ceratopogonidae, serve as vectors for parasitic diseases.