[ ma-leyz, -muh-; French ma-lez ]
/ mæˈleɪz, -mə-; French maˈlɛz /


a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease.
a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort.

Origin of malaise

1760–70; < French, Old French; see mal-, ease Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malaise


/ (mæˈleɪz) /


a feeling of unease or depression
a mild sickness, not symptomatic of any disease or ailment
a complex of problems affecting a country, economy, etcBulgaria's economic malaise

Word Origin for malaise

C18: from Old French, from mal bad + aise ease
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Medicine definitions for malaise


[ mă-lāz, -lĕz ]


A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.
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