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[mag-uh-tee] /ˈmæg ə ti/
infested with maggots, as food.
Archaic. having queer notions; full of whims.
Australian Slang. angry; bad-tempered.
Origin of maggoty
First recorded in 1660-70; maggot + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And this is why maggoty mushrooms are so often found exposed for sale in summer.

    Mushrooms: how to grow them William Falconer
  • But should you happen to be a little—well, maggoty, you positively do not have to tell me.

    The Marooner Charles A. Stearns
  • Perhaps, dear, she has some interesting internal disease, or a maggoty brain.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • We can't live on rum, maggoty bread, and foul water—that's sure.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • He had an ironplated stomach, but putrid and maggoty meat was too much for it.

  • A keg of water and a maggoty ham—the latter exposed to the full sunlight of the tropics—was all the food in sight.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Do not eat food that is spoiled, smells or tastes badly or is flyblown or maggoty or full of bugs.

  • They swore to starve rather than consume the maggoty provender.

  • Buck Moncrossen was a big man with a shrunken, maggoty soul, and no conscience.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • “I wonder if the blamed brutes are going to be too maggoty for our use after all,” he thought.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
British Dictionary definitions for maggoty


relating to, resembling, or ridden with maggots
(slang) very drunk
(Austral, slang) annoyed, angry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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