- Pathology. a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, marked by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.
- a fit of fever or shivering or shaking chills, accompanied by malaise, pains in the bones and joints, etc.; chill.
Origin of ague
Examples from the Web for ague
Historical Examples of ague
"Yes, and catch their deaths of fever and ague," said Mrs. Bartlett.In the Midst of Alarms
I was but a fortnight in the hospital, the disease being only the fever and ague.
Fortunately for me, there were two cases of fever and ague in the ship.
Clearly his fears had been realised, and he had had an attack of the Persian ague.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He opened his eyes to find the lad shivering as with an ague.The Tavern Knight
- a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
- a fit of shivering
Word Origin for ague
"malarial fever," c.1300, from Old French ague "an acute fever," from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).
- A febrile condition, especially associated with malaria, characterized by alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating.
- A chill or fit of shivering.