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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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Historical Examples

  • "You have certainly never had the gout; probably not even the megrims," said he.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Then the Governor's lady had desired him to attend her for the megrims.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Fait then, your honour, my master's in bed with a terrible fit of the megrims.

    Devereux, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • And they told him all that had happened since his megrims had come on.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars

    Walter De La Mare

  • Have you no arts of the toilet that can overcome the story of your megrims?


British Dictionary definitions for megrims

megrims

noun (functioning as singular)
  1. archaic a fit of depression
  2. archaic a disease of horses and cattle; staggers
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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 megrims

megrim

see migraine.

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megrims in Medicine

megrim

(mēgrĭm)
n.
  1. migraine