megrim

[ mee-grim ]
/ ˈmi grɪm /

noun

megrims, low spirits; the blues.
a whim or caprice.

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Origin of megrim

1350–1400; Middle English migrame a type of headache <Middle French migraine (by misreading, in taken as m); see migraine
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Example sentences from the Web for megrim

  • As you refuse to hearken to the voice of common sense, and afflict yourself with a megrim, I leave you to your fate.

    Rossmoyne|Unknown
  • I'll be all right to-morrow, and I'll enjoy to-morrow all the more for to-day's megrim.

    The Inventions of the Idiot|John Kendrick Bangs
  • I keep a single root for old-time sake, which it gives me a megrim to look at.

    A Garden with House Attached|Sarah Warner Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for megrim (1 of 2)

megrim1
/ (ˈmiːɡrɪm) /

noun archaic

(often plural) a caprice
a migraine

Word Origin for megrim

C14: see migraine

British Dictionary definitions for megrim (2 of 2)

megrim2
/ (ˈmiːɡrɪm) /

noun

a flatfish, Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis, of the turbot family, having a yellowish translucent body up to 50 cm (20 in.) in length, found in European waters, and caught for food

Word Origin for megrim

C19: of uncertain origin
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Medical definitions for megrim

megrim
[ mēgrĭm ]

n.

migraine
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