[ ey-gyoo ]
/ ˈeɪ gyu /


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

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever < Latin febris acūta

Related forms

a·gue·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ague


/ (ˈeɪɡjuː) /


a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
a fit of shivering

Derived Forms

aguish, adjective

Word Origin for ague

C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute
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Medicine definitions for ague


[ āgyōō ]


A febrile condition, especially associated with malaria, characterized by alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating.
A chill or fit of shivering.
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