Mawk meaning

(obsolete except in dialects) A maggot.
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(UK, dialect, obsolete) A slattern.
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Origin of mawk

  • From Middle English mawk, mauk, a contraction of mathek, from Old Norse maðkr (“maggot”), a diminutive of a base from Proto-Germanic *maþô (“worm”) (Old English maþa), from Indo-European *math-, moth- used in reference to insects and vermin. Cognate with Danish madike, Swedish mask, archaic English maddock (modern maggot).

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