piss-ant

pissant

[pis-ant]
noun
1.
Slang: Vulgar. a person or thing of no value or consequence; a despicable person or thing.
2.
Obsolete. an ant.
adjective
3.
Slang: Vulgar. insignificant or worthless.
Also, piss-ant.


Origin:
1655–65, in sense “ant”; piss + ant, probably orig. on the model of pismire

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pissant (ˈpɪsænt)
 
n
1.  an insignificant or contemptible person
 
adj
2.  insignificant or contemptible
 
[C17: from piss + ant]

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pissant
1661, "an ant," from first element of pismire (q.v.) + ant. Meaning "contemptible, insignificant person" is from 1903.
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pissant definition


and piss-ant
  1. n.
    a wretched and worthless person. (Often objectionable.) : Look, you silly pissant, beat it!
  2. mod.
    worthless. (Often objectionable.) : I don't want this little pissant piece of pie. Give me a real piece.
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