Gnat definition

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(brit.) A mosquito.
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Any of various small insects, esp. certain dipterous flies, which often bite.
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Any of various tiny two-winged flies, especially those that sometimes form swarms.
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Any of various tiny two-winged flies, especially those that sometimes form swarms.
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The definition of a gnat is a small flying, biting insect with two wings.

An example of a gnat is a No-see-um.

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Any small insect of the order Diptera, specifically within the suborder Nematocera.
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A type of jet fighter aircraft.
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strain at a gnat
  • to hesitate or have scruples about trifles: Matt. 23:24
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gnat
Plural:
gnats

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.

    From Wiktionary