from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various elongate insects of the order Dermaptera, having a pair of pincerlike appendages protruding from the rear of the abdomen.
- transitive v. To attempt to influence by persistent confidential argument or talk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera that have elongated bodies, large membranous wings folded underneath short leathery forewings and a pair of large pincers protruding from the rear of the abdomen.
- v. To fill the mind of with prejudice by insinuations.
- v. To attempt to influence by persistent confidential argument or talk.
- v. To eavesdrop.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any insect of the genus Forficula and related genera, belonging to the order Dermaptera (formerly Euplexoptera). They have elongated bodies and a prominent pair of curved pincers at the rear of their abdomen.
- n. In America, any small chilopodous myriapod, esp. of the genus Geophilus. See Geophilus
- n. A whisperer of insinuations; a secret counselor.
- transitive v. To influence, or attempt to influence, by whispered insinuations or private talk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular English name of all the cursorial orthopterous insects of the family Forficulidæ, representing the suborder Euplexoptera, which has several genera and numerous species.
- n. In the United States, the common name of any of the small centipeds, such as are found in houses in most of the States.
- n. One who gains the ear of another by stealth and whispers insinuations; a prying informer; a whisperer.
- To gain the ear of and influence by covert statements or insinuations; whisper insinuations in the ear of against another; fill the mind of with prejudice by covert statements.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous insects of the order Dermaptera having elongate bodies and slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of large pincers at the rear of the abdomen
Middle English erwig, from Old English ēarwicga : ēare, ear; see ear1 + wicga, insect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English erwigge, from Old English êarwicga. (Wiktionary)