Earwig meaning

îrwĭg
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Any of various elongate insects of the order Dermaptera, having a pair of usually pincerlike appendages protruding from the rear of the abdomen.
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To attempt to influence by persistent confidential argument or talk.
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Any of an order (Dermaptera) of widely distributed insects with short, horny forewings, a pair of forceps at the terminal end of the abdomen, and biting mouthparts.
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Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera that have elongated bodies, large membranous wings folded underneath short leathery forewings and a pair of large pincers protruding from the rear of the abdomen.
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One who whispers insinuations; a secret counsellor.

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To fill the mind of with prejudice by insinuations.
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To attempt to influence by persistent confidential argument or talk.
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(intransitive, UK, slang) To eavesdrop.
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Origin of earwig

  • Middle English erwig from Old English ēarwicga ēare ear ear1 wicga insect wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English erwigge, from Old English ēarwicga.

    From Wiktionary