Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
"[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]
Insignificant; paltry: this little pissant countrynoun
A despicable person; an insignificant wretch: That sorry damn pissant
[1903+; extension of pissant, ''ant,'' which is found by 1661]