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  • ear|wig — «IHR WIHG», noun, verb, wigged, wig|ging. –n. 1. a slender insect somewhat like a beetle, found throughout the world. They have short, leathery forewings and forcepslike appendages at the end of the abdomen. Earwigs were once thought to crawl… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ear-wig — I. n. 1. Ear piercer (Forficula auricularia). 2. Whisperer, insinuater, prying informer. II. v. a. Get the ear of, influence by insinuations, prejudice by covert insinuations, whisper insinuations in one s ear …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • ear·wig — /ˈiɚˌwıg/ noun, pl wigs [count] : an insect that has long, thin feelers and two curved, pointed parts at the end of the body …   Useful english dictionary

  • wig — be·wig; big·wig; buzz·wig; ear·wig·gy; lud·wig·ia; lud·wig·ite; peri·wig·pat·ed; un·wig; whirl·wig; wig·an; wig; wig·gen; wig·ger; wig·gery; wig·ging; wig·gler; wig·gly; wig·less; wig·town·shire; wig·wam; wig·let; ear·wig; peri·wig; wig·gle;… …   English syllables

  • ear — col·lin·ear; ear·age; ear; ear·ful; ear·ing; ear·land·ite; ear·less; ear·let; ear·li·ness; ear·ly·ish; ear·nest·ly; ear·nest·ness; ear·wig·gy; lin·ear·ism; lin·ear·is·tic; lin·ear·i·ty; lin·ear·iza·tion; lin·ear·ize; lin·ear·ly;… …   English syllables

  • ear-wigging — n British a synonym for ear bashing , punning on the earwig insect and the 19th century colloquial use of wig to mean scold ► That didn t stop [David] Puttnam giving [Christopher] Patten a severe ear wigging from the green pulpit last week.… …   Contemporary slang

  • earwig — ear·wig …   English syllables

  • earwiggy — ear·wig·gy …   English syllables

  • earwig — ear·wig (îr’wĭg′) n. ▸ Any of various elongate insects of the order Dermaptera, having a pair of usually pincerlike appendages protruding from the rear of the abdomen. Also called dermapteran. tr.v. ear·wigged, ear·wig·ging, ear·wigs ▸ To attempt …   Word Histories

  • earwig — ear•wig [[t]ˈɪərˌwɪg[/t]] n. v. wigged, wig•ging 1) ent any of numerous dark and slender nocturnal insects of the order Dermaptera, having horny pincers at the rear that can rise up like a scorpion s 2) to fill the mind of with prejudice by… …   From formal English to slang

  • earwig — ear|wig [ˈıəˌwıg US ˈır ] n [: Old English; Origin: earwicga ear insect ; because it used to be believed that these insects get into people s ears] a long brown insect with two curved pointed parts at the back end of its body …   Dictionary of contemporary English