Pronunciation Noun

maggot (plural maggots)

  1. A soft, legless larva of a fly or other dipterous insect, that often eats decomposing organic matter. [from 15th c.]
  2. (derogatory) A worthless person. [from 17th c.]
    Drop and give me fifty, maggot.
  3. (now, archaic, regional) A whimsy or fancy. [from 17th c.]
    • 1620, John Fletcher, Women Pleased, III.iv.
      Are you not mad, my friend? What time o' th' moon is't? / Have not you maggots in your brain?
    • 1778, Frances Burney, Journals & Letters, Penguin 2001, p. 100:
      ‘I am ashamed of him! how can he think of humouring you in such maggots!’
  4. (slang) A fan of the American metal band Slipknot (band).
  • (soft legless larva) grub
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: capricho
  • Russian: причу́да

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