mulligrubs

[ 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.

Word Origin and History for mulligrubs

mulligrubs


n.

"fit of the blues," also "colic," 1590s, mulliegrums, fanciful formation.

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