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  1. infested with maggots, as food.
  2. Archaic. having queer notions; full of whims.
  3. Australian Slang. angry; bad-tempered.
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Origin of maggoty

First recorded in 1660–70; maggot + -y1
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Examples from the Web for maggoty

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for maggoty


  1. relating to, resembling, or ridden with maggots
  2. slang very drunk
  3. Australian slang annoyed, angry
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