[ muhl-i-gruhbz ]
/ ˈmʌl ɪˌgrʌbz /
noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Southern U.S.
ill temper; colic; grumpiness.
Origin of mulligrubs
1590–1600; earlier mulligrums, apparently alteration of megrims
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Examples from the Web for mulligrubs
Idleness lies in bed sick of the mulligrubs where industry finds health and wealth.Brave Men and Women|O.E. Fuller
Word Origin and History for mulligrubs
"fit of the blues," also "colic," 1590s, mulliegrums, fanciful formation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper