- The definition of a mosquito is a member of the family Culicidae that sucks blood from animals.
An example of a mosquito is a pesky flying summer bug that can cause West Nile virus, malaria and yellow fever.
nounpl. mosquitoes or mosquitos
Origin of mosquitoSpanish and amp; Portuguese diminutive of mosca ; from Classical Latin musca, a fly: see midge
nounpl. mos·qui·toes or mos·qui·tos
Origin of mosquitoSpanish and Portuguese, from diminutive of mosca, fly, from Latin musca.
nounpl. Mosquito or Mos·qui·tos
Origin of MosquitoSpanish misquito, mosquito, from Miskito Miskitu, ethnic self-designation.
(plural mosquitos or mosquitoes)
- Diminutive: mossie/mozzie (Australia, UK) or skeeter (US)
(third-person singular simple present mosquitos, present participle mosquitoing, simple past and past participle mosquitoed)
- To fly close to the ground, seemingly without a course.
From Spanish mosquito (“gnat”), diminutive of Spanish mosca (“fly”), from Latin musca (“fly”), from Proto-Indo-European *mūs- (“fly, stinging fly, gnat”). Cognate with Flemish meuzie (“mosquito”), Swedish dialectal mausa (“mosquito”), Lithuanian musė (“a fly”). See also midge.