mag·​got | \ ˈma-gət How to pronounce maggot (audio) \

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 \ ˈma-​gə-​tē How to pronounce maggoty (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Authorities didn’t find his body until July 13, after it had purportedly been partially eaten by vultures and maggots. Theo Wayt, NBC News, "Actor Charles Levin's decomposed body found partially eaten by vultures," 9 Nov. 2019 Her wounds were so bad they were infected and had maggots in them, according to BARC representatives. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Pets of the Week: Meet Matilda, the badly burned pup, and others at BARC Animal Shelter," 20 Nov. 2019 In 2015, after 30 inmates fell ill and after 19 months of complaints about maggot and rat contamination, Michigan terminated its contract with Aramark. Hannah Beckler, The New Republic, "“It’s a Prison”," 14 Oct. 2019 Go ahead, bite the Big Apple—don’t mind the maggots. Tom Gliatto,, "Joker Review: Joaquin Phoenix Isn't Clowning Around as the Terrifying Batman Villain," 2 Oct. 2019 Pelosi tells me with relish, referring to Jared Kushner’s Baltimore apartment complexes, some of which are infested with mice and maggots. Jason Bell; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nancy Pelosi Is Praying for Trump," 23 Sep. 2019 Some fishermen have found success by down-sized their offerings, catching perch on small jigs or flies tipped with maggots and waxworms and targeting fish suspended 15 to 20 feet off the lake bottom. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Lake Erie walleye hitting; yellow perch are hit-and-miss: Fishing Report for Sept. 20," 20 Sep. 2019 The larvae — teensy maggot-like organisms with an orange hue — were being set aside in the same petri dish. Alicia Petska, Washington Post, "Roanoke College professor researches tiny flying larvae," 13 Sep. 2019 Barton wasn't happy and ended up calling Hamann an 'idiot', a 'maggot' and a 'dog', claiming that Hamann was only looking for publicity., "7 of the Biggest Footballer Twitter Feuds Ever," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Maggot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce maggot (audio) \

Kids Definition of maggot

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


mag·​got | \ ˈmag-ət How to pronounce maggot (audio) \

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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