Mite Definition

mīt
mites
noun
mites
Any of a large subclass (Acari) of tiny, sometimes microscopic, arachnids often parasitic upon animals, insects, or plants, or infesting prepared foods, including many species that transmit diseases.
Webster's New World
A very small sum of money or contribution.
Webster's New World
A widow's mite.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
A coin of very small value.
Webster's New World
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idiom
a mite
  • To a small degree; somewhat:

    That remark was a mite unfair.

American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Mite

Noun

Singular:
mite
Plural:
mites

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Origin of Mite

  • Middle English mite, from Old English mÄ«te (“mite, tiny insect"), from Proto-Germanic *mÄ«tÇ­ (“biting insect"; literally, "cutter"), from Proto-Germanic *maitanÄ… (“to cut"), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“small"). Akin to Old High German mÄ«za (“mite"), Middle Dutch mÄ«te (“moth, mite"), Dutch mijt (“moth, mite"), Danish mide (“mite").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Middle Dutch Middle Low German mīte a small Flemish coin, tiny animal

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

  • Middle English from Old English mīte

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

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