- 1A soft-bodied legless larva of a fly or other insect, found in decaying matter: the maggots attack the roots of the developing cabbagesMore example sentences
- These greenish larvae are typical fly maggots in appearance; legless, broadest at the tail end and tapering to a point at the head, with hook-like mouthparts.
- This year flea beetles, white grubs, seed corn maggots and wireworms generated a lot of discussion.
- Flea beetles and root maggots, the two major radish pests, can be avoided by placing floating row cover over the bed.
- 2 • archaic A whimsical or strange idea.More example sentences
- "You know, Ruth," he said, "I don't wish to say anything against Isaac, and I don't want to make you uneasy, but you know as well as I do that he has a strange maggot in his brain.
- There's a strange maggot hath got into their brains, which possesseth them with a kind of vertigo, and it reigns in the pulpit more than anywhere else, for some of our preachmen are grown dog mad, there's a worm got into their tongues as well as their heads.
act the maggot
- Irish • informal Behave in a foolishly playful way: we’d all walk in a line behind him, acting the maggot, you know, imitating himMore example sentences
- Mud, rain, music, people acting the maggot - in fact there was only one thing missing from this year's festival, sadly - the late great John Peel.
- Are you going to act the maggot, and get yourself in trouble?
- If you want to ‘act the maggot’ in Castlebar you are going to end up in court.
late Middle English: perhaps an alteration of dialect maddock, from Old Norse mathkr, of Germanic origin.