One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An insignificant or contemptible person or thing.insignificant person, nobody, nonentity, non-person, gnat, insect, cipher, pygmyscoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
Worthless or contemptible.blasted, damn, flaming, precious, confounded, pestilential, rotten, wretchedView synonyms
Mid 17th century (in sense ‘an ant’): from piss + -ant.
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