[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. agt.,
  2. agterskot,
  3. aguadilla,
  4. aguardiente,
  5. aguascalientes,
  6. agueweed,
  7. aguinaldo,
  8. aguinaldo, emilio,
  9. aguish,
  10. agulhas

Origin of ague

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for agues


/ (ˈeɪɡjuː) /


a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
a fit of shivering
Derived Formsaguish, adjective

Word Origin for ague

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

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Word Origin and History for agues



"malarial fever," c.1300, from Old French ague "an acute fever," from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).

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Medicine definitions for agues


[ 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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