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

Origin of megrim

1350–1400; Middle English migrame a type of headache < Middle French migraine (by misreading, in taken as m); see migraine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for megrims

blues, vertigo, melancholy, unhappiness

Examples from the Web for megrims

Historical Examples of megrims

  • "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


noun (functioning as singular)

archaic a fit of depression
archaic a disease of horses and cattle; staggers



noun archaic

(often plural) a caprice
a migraine

Word Origin for megrim

C14: see migraine




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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Word Origin and History for megrims


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megrims in Medicine




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