Dictionary.com

pissant

or piss-ant

[ pis-ant ]
/ ˈpɪsˌænt /
Save This Word!

noun
Slang: Vulgar. a person or thing of no value or consequence; a despicable person or thing.
Obsolete. an ant.
adjective
Slang: Vulgar. insignificant or worthless.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "IS" VS. "ARE"
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

Origin of pissant

1655–65, in sense “ant”; piss + ant, probably originally on the model of pismire
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

British Dictionary definitions for pissant

pissant
/ (ˈpɪsænt) US informal /

noun
an insignificant or contemptible person
adjective
insignificant or contemptible

Word Origin for pissant

C17: from piss + ant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK