Tom Brady’s daughter was made fun of by a radio host at WEEI, Tom Brady’s exclusive radio partner. Lookups for ‘pissant’ were up over 115,000%. It’s not generally used to insult children according to the tweet. If you’re going to rip on Tom Brady’s kids, at least you a proper insult.
?Lookups for 'pissant' are up over 115,000%. It's not generally used to insult children. https://t.co/JONKAOhCxt
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 29, 2018
The word, generally considered to be vulgar, is formed exactly as one might imagine, by blending the urinary sense of piss and the formicine sense of ant.
Although there is a dialectical sense of the word, meaning “ant,” this meaning is little used today. The more common sense in modern parlance is “an insignificant person or thing — used as a generalized term of abuse.” This sense dates to the beginning of the 20th century.
And there you have it. Who knew the dictionary was still a thing. LOL.