• Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera that have elongated bodies, large membranous wings folded underneath short leathery forewings and a pair of large pincers protruding from the rear of the abdomen.
  • One who whispers insinuations; a secret counsellor.


  • (intransitive, Britain, slang) To eavesdrop.
  • (transitive) To attempt to influence by persistent confidential argument or talk.
  • (transitive) To fill the mind of with prejudice by insinuations.

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