Definition of ant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ænt//
; NAmE NAmE//ænt//
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  • a small insect that lives in highly organized groups. There are many types of ant. an ants’ nest an ant colony see also anthill
  • Word OriginOld English ǣmete of West Germanic origin; related to German Ameise.Idioms
    have ants in your pants
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    (informal) to be very excited or impatient about something and unable to stay still

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