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[wur-mee] /ˈwɜr mi/
adjective, wormier, wormiest.
containing a worm or worms; contaminated with worms.
damaged or bored into by worms; worm-eaten.
wormlike; groveling; low.
Origin of wormy
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at worm, -y1
Related forms
worminess, noun
unworminess, noun
unwormy, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

  • To make cider or vinegar from rotten and wormy apples ought to be considered a crime.

    The Apple Various
  • I pick from a step-ladder, and sort into three classes: windfalls, wormy, and perfect.

    The Apple Various
  • It is not advisable, as they injure the trees, but they pick up the wormy fruit.

    The Apple Various
  • Pastures with cows after gathering; says they eat the culls and wormy fruit, and it pays.

    The Apple Various
  • I thin the fruit while on the trees by picking off the wormy and defective ones.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for wormy


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