from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Contaminated with flyblows.
  • adj. Tainted; corrupt: a flyblown reputation.
  • adj. Dirty or rundown; squalid: a flyblown bar on the edge of town.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. contaminated with flyblows
  • adj. tainted
  • adj. sordid, squalid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tainted or contaminated with flyblows; damaged; foul.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tainted with flyblows; hence, spoiled; impure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. foul and run-down and repulsive
  • adj. spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies
  • adj. especially of reputation


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