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.
/ˈpɪsænt/
noun
1.
an insignificant or contemptible person
adjective
2.
insignificant or contemptible
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]

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]

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