mag·got | \ˈma-gət \

Definition of maggot 

1 : a soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of a dipterous insect (such as the housefly)

2 : a fantastic or eccentric idea : whim

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Other Words from maggot

maggoty \-gə-tē \ adjective

Examples of maggot in a Sentence

The rotten meat was infested with maggots. the last maggot he got in his head resulted in a disastrous extramarital affair

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The Humane Society of Huron Valley said the animals were neglected and were forced to live amid feces, slimy water bowls and a bowl full of maggots. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "'Hobby breeder' made 108 animals live in feces in Washtenaw Co. home," 22 June 2018 In one case, a patient’s leg had to be amputated after an infection in his foot went untreated for so long his toes turned black and attracted maggots. USA TODAY, "Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public," 17 June 2018 These yellowish white maggots are ¼ inch long, with pointed heads. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 In one case, a patient’s leg had to be amputated after an infection in his foot went untreated for so long his toes turned black and attracted maggots., "Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public," 18 June 2018 Just like no one honestly believes that Millie Bobby Brown bullies gay men by sliding into their texts and dropping f-bombs (the one that rhymes with maggots). Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How the “homophobic Millie Bobby Brown” meme made the actress quit Twitter.," 14 June 2018 Look for jig-maggot rigs to heat up, followed by a variety of bright flies, including egg patterns, streamers and sucker spawn., "Fishing Report for March 30: Rain, wind put a damper on local fishing," 30 Mar. 2018 Cheese is vulnerable to mold, rot, and maggots, not to mention pitfalls like excess salt. Gordon Edgar, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of America’s Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese," 30 May 2018 His body is very dead, and a lot of it is sitting inside a maggot's belly., "Westworld Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: "Hello, Old Friend"," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of maggot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maggot

Middle English magot, probably alteration of mathek, maddok; akin to Middle Low German mēdeke maggot, Old Norse mathkr, Old English matha

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English Language Learners Definition of maggot

: an insect that looks like a small worm and that is a young form of a fly


mag·got | \ˈma-gət \

Kids Definition of maggot

: a legless grub that is the larva of a fly (as a housefly)


mag·got | \ˈmag-ət \

Medical Definition of maggot 

: a soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of a dipteran fly (as the housefly) and develops usually in decaying organic matter or as a parasite in plants or animals

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