Meaning of pissant in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɪsant/


vulgar slang US, Australian
  • An insignificant or contemptible person or thing.

    insignificant person, nobody, nonentity, non-person, gnat, insect, cipher, pygmy
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer


vulgar slang US, Australian
  • Worthless or contemptible.

    blasted, damn, flaming, precious, confounded, pestilential, rotten, wretched


    as game as a pissant
    Australian vulgar slang
    • Brave or foolhardy.

      • ‘That was one of my grandma's favorite sayings, game as a pissant she was!’
      • ‘I love my friends, and she has taught me a lot: remaining game as a pissant is one thing.’
      • ‘The old white lady makes you as game as a pissant.’
      • ‘Mate, you are game as a pissant.’
      • ‘Courageous little men, or small dogs with lots of fight in them, are game as pissants.’


Mid 17th century (in sense ‘an ant’): from piss+ -ant.