maggot

play
noun mag·got \ˈma-gət\

Definition of maggot

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

  2. 2 :  a fantastic or eccentric idea :  whim

maggoty

play \-gə-tē\ adjective

Examples of maggot in a sentence

  1. The rotten meat was infested with maggots.

  2. <the last maggot he got in his head resulted in a disastrous extramarital affair>

Origin and Etymology of maggot

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Insect Terms


MAGGOT Defined for English Language Learners

maggot

play
noun mag·got \ˈma-gət\

Definition of maggot for English Language Learners

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


MAGGOT Defined for Kids

maggot

play
noun mag·got \ˈma-gət\

Definition of maggot for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

maggot

play
noun mag·got \ˈmag-ət\

Medical Definition of maggot

  1. :  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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up maggot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ