noundialect Scottish, British, US
Dict. Amer. Regional Eng., at midge, records the plural midgies as an oral response to the question ‘a very tiny fly that you can hardly see, but that bites’ from respondents in the north-eastern United States in 1965–70.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Heslop (1842–1916). From midge + -y.
Consisting of or characterized by midges.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Grahame (1765–1811), poet. From midge + -y.