from The Century Dictionary.

  • To eat into, gnaw, bore, or perforate, as is done by various worms, grubs, maggots, etc.; eat a way through or into. See worm-eaten.
  • To affect injuriously, impair, or destroy by any slow, insidious process.
  • Same as wormeaten.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word worm-eat.


  • But how Is one to keep free from those mental microbes that worm-eat people's brains -- those Theories and Diets and Enthusiasms and infectious Doctrines that we are always liable to catch from what seem the most innocuous contacts?

    Trivia Logan Pearsall Smith 1907


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.