- a soft-bodied, legless larva of certain flies.
- Archaic. an odd fancy; whim.
Origin of maggot
Examples from the Web for maggot
We see the acorn grow into the oak, the egg into the bird, the maggot into the butterfly.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then he'll get a kind of maggot in the brain, and squander every sixpence he can lay hands on.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
She's got some maggot in her brain, and she wants to air it.Sarah's School Friend
He staggered to his feet, and saw that his visitors were the two villains, Maggot and Bloodhound.City Crimes
Maggot explained how he had obtained the jewels, and then asked what they were worth.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines
- the soft limbless larva of dipterous insects, esp the housefly and blowfly, occurring in decaying organic matter
- rare a fancy or whim
Word Origin and History for maggot
late 15c., probably an unexplained variant of Middle English maðek, from Old English maða "maggot, grub," from Proto-Germanic *mathon (cf. Old Norse maðkr, Old Saxon matho, Middle Dutch, Dutch made, Old High German mado, German Made, Gothic maþa "maggot"). Figurative use "whim, fancy, crotchet" is 1620s, from the notion of a maggot in the brain.
- The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.