Adjective "Ant" definition and examples

(Ant may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ant/

Definitions and examples

noun

A small insect typically having a sting and living in a complex social colony with one or more breeding queens. It is wingless except for fertile adults, which form large mating swarms, and is proverbial for its industriousness.
  1. 'From schools of fish to a swarm of ants, animals exhibit extraordinary collective behaviour.'
  2. 'To scientists, that's as bizarre a finding as a queen bee spawning a colony of ants.'
  3. 'Farmers have traditionally used sugary solutions to attract red ants to feed on insect larvae.'
  4. 'Anteaters have long snouts which they thrust into ant-heaps in order to devour the ants or termites.'
  5. 'Two or three black ants would surround an enemy ant and bite it to death.'
  6. 'He has red hair, shouts incessantly and moves as though a colony of ants has invaded his tracksuit trousers.'
  7. 'The ants consume the honeydew as food, thus sustaining the life of both insects.'
  8. 'Alternatively, an insecticide can be used that will simply kill the ants.'
  9. 'The next time either of those two ants meet any other ant, the information they pass on will be different.'
  10. 'Some will give a colony of ants an extra push to bring sugar and food to it's families.'

More definitions

noun

1. any of numerous black, red, brown, or yellow social insects of the family Formicidae, of worldwide distribution especially in warm climates, having a large head with inner jaws for chewing and outer jaws for carrying and digging, and living in highly organized colonies containing wingless female workers, a winged queen, and, during breeding seasons, winged males, some species being noted for engaging in warfare, slavemaking, or the cultivation of food sources.

Idioms

2. have ants i

Origin

(ant)Old English «£mete of West Germanic origin; related to German Ameise. Compare with emmet.

Phrase

have ants in one's pants
the ant's pants