Definition of ant in English:
- Family Formicidae, order Hymenoptera: several subfamilies
- The next time either of those two ants meet any other ant, the information they pass on will be different.
- To scientists, that's as bizarre a finding as a queen bee spawning a colony of ants.
- He has red hair, shouts incessantly and moves as though a colony of ants has invaded his tracksuit trousers.
The dialect word emmet for an ant, used since the 1970s as a Cornish term for a tourist, is like ant, from Old English ǣmete. Antsy, dating from the mid 19th century, is probably from the phrase have ants in one's pants; it means ‘agitated’, ‘restless’.
have ants in one's pants
- informal Be fidgety or restless: what’s the matter with you, always fidgeting—you got ants in your pants?More example sentences
- Maybe it's just God trying to tell me to keep still and stop acting like I have ants in my pants, to just be calm and happy that all is well.
- He appeared to have ants in his pants, refusing to stand still for a minute.
- I have so much energy that the little kids I baby-sit told me it looks like I have ants in my pants.
the ant's pants
- Australian informal An outstandingly good person or thing: we had a great party that night thinking we were the ant’s pantsMore example sentences
- I've already lined up some of the unemployed fishermen to man the boats and they think I'm the ant's pants.
- Here is a car that is supposed to be the ant's pants.
- I thought he was the ant's pants.
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