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wormy

[wur-mee]
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adjective, worm·i·er, worm·i·est.
  1. containing a worm or worms; contaminated with worms.
  2. damaged or bored into by worms; worm-eaten.
  3. wormlike; groveling; low.

Origin of wormy

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at worm, -y1
Related formsworm·i·ness, nounun·worm·i·ness, nounun·worm·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for wormy

Historical Examples

  • His faith in boiling did not save him from a certain shrinking from wormy soup.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • And this after the pinched ration of mouldy salt-horse and wormy hard-bread!

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • When the nut is brought and cracked it is found to be wormy and bitter.

  • But when we take down Browning, we cannot think of him and the 'wormy bed' together.

    Obiter Dicta

    Augustine Birrell

  • Have also a knife with which, at the proper time, to open the wormy apple.


British Dictionary definitions for wormy

wormy

adjective wormier or wormiest
  1. worm-infested or worm-eaten
  2. resembling a worm in appearance, ways, or condition
  3. (of wood) having irregular small tunnels bored into it and tracked over its surface, made either by worms or artificially
  4. low or grovelling
Derived Formsworminess, noun
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