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megrim

[mee-grim]
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noun
  1. megrims, low spirits; the blues.
  2. a whim or caprice.
  3. migraine.
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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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Related Words

bluesvertigomelancholyunhappiness

Examples from the Web for megrim

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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 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

megrim1

noun archaic
  1. (often plural) a caprice
  2. a migraine
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Word Origin

C14: see migraine

megrim2

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for megrim

see migraine.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

megrim in Medicine

megrim

(mēgrĭm)
n.
  1. migraine
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