Pavilions and Bungalows for Natives and Foreigners
As þycke as ameten crepeþ in an amete hulle [chronicle of Robert of Gloucester, 1297]Emmet survived into 20c. as an alternative form. White ant "termite" is from 1729. To have ants in one's pants "be nervous and fidgety" is from 1934, made current by a popular song; antsy embodies the same notion.
Mr. Newcome says to Mr. Pendennis in his droll, humorous way, "That woman grins like a Cheshire cat."