from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A man who resembles Mawworm, a character in Bickerstaffe's play “The Hypocrite,” 1769; a hypocritical pretender to sanctity.
  • noun An intestinal worm which may be found in the stomach, as a pin-worm or threadworm, such as Oxyuris vermicularis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any intestinal worm found in the stomach, esp. the common round worm (Ascaris lumbricoides), and allied species.
  • noun One of the larvæ of botflies of horses; a bot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of maw-worm.


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  • An example of mawworm:

    “He would be the very Mawworm of bachelors who pretended not to expect it.”

    Excerpt From: George Eliot. “Middlemarch.” iBooks.

    February 18, 2017