from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A maggot.
  • noun A slattern.

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

  • noun Scot. A maggot.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A slattern; a mawks.

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

  • noun obsolete except in dialects a maggot
  • noun UK, dialect, obsolete a slattern


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).


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