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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flyblown mean? 

FLYBLOWN (adjective)
  The adjective FLYBLOWN has 3 senses:

1. spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies
2. foul and run-down and repulsive
3. especially of reputation

  Familiarity information: FLYBLOWN used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

FLYBLOWN (adjective)

Sense 1flyblown [BACK TO TOP]


Spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies


flyblown; maggoty

Context examples:

flyblown meat / a sack of maggoty apricots


stale (showing deterioration from age)

Sense 2flyblown [BACK TO TOP]


Foul and run-down and repulsive


flyblown; squalid; sordid

Context examples:

a flyblown bar on the edge of town / a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town / squalid living conditions / sordid shantytowns


dirty; soiled; unclean (soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime)

Sense 3flyblown [BACK TO TOP]


Especially of reputation


besmirched; tarnished; sullied; tainted; spotted; stained; flyblown; damaged

Context examples:

the senator's seriously damaged reputation / a flyblown reputation / a tarnished reputation / inherited a spotted name


blemished (marred by imperfections)

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