Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various minute, biting flies of the family Ceratopogonidae. Also called biting midge, no-see-um.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small two-winged fly or midge of the family Ceratopogonidae, which bites and then sucks the blood of mammals; the biting midge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A minute biting fly of the genus Ceratopogon or allied genus of the family Chironomidæ, found in swarms in various densely wooded or mountaneous regions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. minute two-winged insect that sucks the blood of mammals and birds and other insects

Etymologies

Of North American Dutch origin, from Munsee pónkwəs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Entered English via (New Amsterdam) Dutch; originally from an Munsee word like *pónkwes (the latter part of which is a diminutive suffix), to which the Dutch applied the diminutive suffix -je. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • HERO: Whatever, punkie. * smashes him, conflict over*

    The Worst LJ Commenting

  • (And this is why your friends are lovers are doomed to fail; it has to come from you, punkie.) 2.

    Vegetables For People Who Hate Vegetables

  • If you're counting superhero movies, it counts, punkie.

    In Which The Ferrett Imitates Larry King

  • I got news for ya, punkie; you're in the minority.

    Hear That Sound?

  • She smoked her cigarette and scratched at a punkie bite on her ankle.

    You Live Once

  • The midge, again, or punkie, or "no-see-'um," just as you please, swarms down upon you suddenly and with commendable vigour, so that you feel as though red-hot pepper were being sprinkled on your bare skin; and his invisibility and intangibility are such that you can never tell whether you have killed him or not; but he doesn't last long, and dope routs him totally.

    The Forest

  • Jean gave in and varnished his pelt thoroughly with my "punkie dope," as he called it; but, too late: the mischief was done.

    Woodcraft

  • "A self-conscious, punkie, indie, black guy who's quite vehement he should be able to wear his hair anyway he likes" - she already has a voice for him.

    The Guardian World News

  • Then we stopped at this little more punkie store and i bought a shirt that is so cool!

    TravelPod.com Recent Updates

  • (Obviously, if you're spoiler-allergic, don't troll the comments, punkie.) 3) Reasons why I love my daughter, part 3,300: She entitles her latest LiveJournal entry "The next time I see Cupid, he's getting a shot in the nuts."

    Movie News

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    June 12, 2014

  • A South Somerset term for a lantern made from a hollowed-out mangelwurzel or swede. Punkie Night is celebrated on the last Thursday in October.

    June 11, 2014