from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a maggot
  • n. a slattern

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A maggot.
  • n. A slattern; a mawks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A maggot.
  • n. A slattern.


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). (Wiktionary)


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