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pissant

[pis-ant] /ˈpɪsˌænt/
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
1655-1665
1655-65, in sense “ant”; piss + ant, probably orig. on the model of pismire
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British Dictionary definitions for piss-ant

pissant

/ˈpɪsænt/
noun
1.
an insignificant or contemptible person
adjective
2.
insignificant or contemptible
Word Origin
C17: from piss + ant
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Word Origin and History for piss-ant

pissant

n.

1660s, "an ant," from first element of pismire (q.v.) + ant. Meaning "contemptible, insignificant person" is from 1903.

"[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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Slang definitions & phrases for piss-ant

pissant

adjective

Insignificant; paltry: this little pissant country

noun

A despicable person; an insignificant wretch: That sorry damn pissant

[1903+; extension of pissant, ''ant,'' which is found by 1661]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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