An example of a gnat is a No-see-um.
- To hesitate or have scruples about trifles: Matt. 23:24.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of gnat
- Middle English from Old English gnæt
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English gnætt "gnat, midge, mosquito," earlier gneat, used of various small, flying insects, from Proto-Germanic *gnattaz (cf. Low German gnatte, German Gnitze); perhaps literally "biting insect" and related to gnaw.