"worm infesting the stomach," c.1600, from maw (n.) + worm (n).

Nearby words

  1. mawkishly,
  2. mawlamyine,
  3. mawlid,
  4. mawson,
  5. mawson, sir douglas,
  6. max,
  7. max müller,
  8. max out,
  9. max.,
  10. maxi

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for mawworm

  • For thus feeling and thus speaking this writer has the charitableness and the decency to call me "Mawworm."

    Apologia pro Vita Sua|John Henry Newman
  • Mawworm and Aminidab Sleek then play a rôle in every household, and every child becomes a wretched little Roscius.

    The Gypsies|Charles G. Leland
  • For this feeling and thus speaking this Writer compares me to "Mawworm."

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua|John Henry Cardinal Newman