[ pis-ant ]
/ ˈpɪsˌænt /
Slang: Vulgar. a person or thing of no value or consequence; a despicable person or thing.
Obsolete. an ant.
Slang: Vulgar. insignificant or worthless.
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Origin of pissant
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/ (ˈpɪsænt) US informal /
an insignificant or contemptible person
insignificant or contemptible
Word Origin for pissant
C17: from piss + ant
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"[B]y sun-down [the gals] come pourin out of the woods like pissants out of an old log when tother end's afire." ["Dick Harlan's Tennessee Frolic," in collection "A Quarter Race in Kentucky," Philadelphia, 1846]
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