earwig

n.

  1. Any insect of the genus Forticula and related genera, belonging to the order Euplexoptera.
  2. In America, any small chilopodous myriapod, esp. of the genus Geophilus.
  3. A whisperer of insinuations; a secret counselor.

v. t.

  1. To influence, or attempt to influence, by whispered insinuations or private talk.