- A small wingless jumping insect which feeds on the blood of mammals and birds. It sometimes transmits diseases through its bite, including plague and myxomatosis.
More example sentences
- Order Siphonaptera: several families and many species, including the human flea (Pulex irritans)
- Plague mostly affected rodents, but fleas could transmit the disease to people too.
- Plague is transmitted by fleas that live on rodents.
- It put poison in his blood that killed fleas after one bite.
(as) fit as a flea
- In very good health.More example sentences
- She discovered something her legion of fans have always known: when it comes to shaking her booty, the 34-year-old is one hell of a mover and fit as a flea.
- As fit as a flea, there is no reason why he cannot make a successful transition to turf tomorrow, especially as his rating is significantly lower than the one he is now racing off on the all-weather.
- Jack's daughter Doris Lyons said: ‘My dad was as fit as a flea.’
a flea in one's ear
- A sharp reproof: she expected to be sent away with a flea in her earMore example sentences
- And if anybody asks when we will be having children they will go away with a flea in their ear.
- ‘He was sent away with a flea in his ear,’ said one Labour backbencher.
- A few weeks ago at another tournament in England, such assumptions saw one mouthy opponent dispatched with a flea in his ear.
Old English flēa, flēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlo and German Floh.
More definitions of fleaDefinition of flea in:
- The US English dictionary