[ noh-see-uhm ]
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nounNorthern and Western U.S.

Origin of no-see-um

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; from the broken English phrase (You) don't see 'em, supposedly used by American Indians

Words Nearby no-see-um Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use no-see-um in a sentence

  • 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