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no-see-um

[noh-see-uh m]
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noun Northern and Western U.S.
  1. punkie.
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Origin of no-see-um

1840–50, Americanism; pseudo-AmerInd E version of you can't see them
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Related Words for no-see-um

punk, no-see-um, punkie, punky

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Historical Examples of no-see-um

  • Seattle is bad enough—it's so big that I feel like a no-see-um in a Norway pine reserve.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • There is another pest of the North Woods which the guides call the no-see-um.

    On the Trail

    Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard