Definition of maggoty in English:



  • 1Full of maggots.

    ‘maggoty apples’
    • ‘The mushroom man, for instance - who also sold dates, walnuts and the best olives I've ever eaten - treated me better after an epic row over maggoty porcini which secured the refund I was after and also attracted a small approving crowd.’
    • ‘A west Wiltshire informant tells me that as a child he was cautioned against picking maggoty blackberries, ‘because the fairies had weed on them.’’
    • ‘I wash the dirt carefully off their stems, slice away any maggoty flesh, and cook them in garlic and cream.’
    • ‘In the hold of the Dunera they had drawn drawings, held lectures in philosophy, formed a debating society, fashioned chess sets out of maggoty bread-dough.’
    • ‘The poor contestants had to eat maggoty, old cheese to advance.’
    • ‘The investigation began with the discovery of a deer carcass, decaying and maggoty, that had been dumped at the school's front door.’
    • ‘He and the crew have had to subsist on maggoty hardtack, cold gruel, and a slimy block of cheese that has become host to a most foul-tasting clutch of worms.’
    • ‘I thought perhaps of food, the maggoty noodles, and then I thought no, of some great feast, baskets and platters and cornucopias.’
    • ‘He was hungry, but he'd rather starve to death than eat the maggoty meat and rice the guards tossed in once a day.’
    decaying, decayed, rotting, bad, off, decomposed, decomposing, putrid, putrescent, spoiled, spoilt, tainted, perished, mouldy, mouldering, mildewy, sour, rancid, rank, festering, fetid, stinking, smelly, unfit for human consumption
  • 2Australian, New Zealand informal Angry or bad-tempered.

    ‘Scotty got a bit maggoty about all this’
    • ‘I went & saw him Sunday & he was going very maggoty because he had been shoved on the Permanent Staff.’
    • ‘There are menacing hyenas and a maggoty baby (both of which you'll recognize from Exorcist: The Beginning), but these aren't the moments where you feel Schrader is strongest.’