1. earwig

noun. any of numerous insects of the order Dermaptera having elongate bodies and slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of large pincers at the rear of the abdomen.


  • Dermaptera
  • Forficula auricularia
  • insect
  • common European earwig


  • erwigge (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • êarwicga (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Sentences with earwig

1. Noun, singular or mass
Because earwigs only come out at night and hide during the day, you won’t notice bugs on your plants, but holes in leaves are a good sign you may have an earwig problem.

2. Adjective
You can trap them by putting pieces of hollow bamboo or rolls of corrugated cardboard in areas where you notice earwig activity.

3. Verb, base form
Vinegar is thought to be a deterrent to earwig infestation in the home.

4. Verb, 3rd person singular present
Buy earwig traps to reduce the earwig population or spray them with hot-pepper repellents.