from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.
- n. Slang A despicable person.
- n. An extravagant notion; a whim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soft, legless larva of a fly or other dipterous insect, that often eats decomposing organic matter.
- n. A term of insult for a 'worthless' person, as if a bug.
- n. A whimsy or fancy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The footless larva of any fly. See larval.
- n. A whim; an odd fancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, the larva of a fly or other insect: hence, in general, a grub; a worm: applied to footless larvæ, and especially to the larvæ of flies.
- n. A whim; a crotchet; an odd fancy: mostly in such expressions as a maggot in one's head.
- n. A frisky fellow; one given to pranks.
- n. A whimsical impromptu melody or song.
- n. (See also cheese-maggot, meat-maggot.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter
Middle English magot, perhaps alteration of mathek, maddokk, perhaps from Old English matha.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English magot, magotte, probably Anglo-Norman alteration of maddock ("worm", "maggot"), originally a diminutive form of a base represented by Old English maþa (Scots mathe), from common Germanic root *mathon-, from the Proto-Indo-European root *math-, which was used in insect names, equivalent to made + -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. (Wiktionary)