- (not in technical use) the larva of any of several insects, as the dung beetle, which lives in or beneath manure.
- a miser.
Origin of muckworm
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Examples from the Web for muckworm
"In that he lied like the muckworm that he is," I exclaimed.The Strolling Saint
You may hang the muckworm, and what shall that profit any one?The Lion's Skin
He is as handsome a young fellow as ever was hatched from a muckworm.
Peace, Muckworm, or my Sword shall stop thy Breath for ever.The Stolen Heiress
The "muckworm" Cottington, as Browning calls him, suggested the sentence which was carried out.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
- any larva or worm that lives in mud
- informal a miser
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