- a wormlike insect larva, as the legless larva of the housefly: often found in decaying matter
- Archaic an odd notion; whim
Origin of maggotMiddle English magotte, probably from earlier mathek, flesh worm from Old Norse mathkr or Old English matha, a worm, maggot: see mawkish
- The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various dipteran flies, often found in decaying matter.
- Slang A despicable person.
- Archaic An extravagant notion; a whim.
Origin of maggotMiddle English magot perhaps alteration of mathek, maddokk perhaps from Old English matha
From Middle English magot, magotte, probably Anglo-Norman alteration of maddock (“worm", "maggot"), originally a diminutive form of a base represented by Old English maÃ¾a (Scots mathe), from common Germanic root *mathon-, from the Proto-Indo-European root *math-, which was used in insect names, equivalent to made +"Ž -ock. Near-cognates include Dutch made, German Made and Swedish mask. The use of maggot to mean a fanciful or whimsical thing derives from the folk belief that a whimsical or crotchety person had maggots in his or her brain.