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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Related Words for mulligrubsblues, despair, despondency, dumps, funk, gloom, melancholy, unhappiness, blahs
Examples from the Web for mulligrubs
Historical Examples of mulligrubs
Idleness lies in bed sick of the mulligrubs where industry finds health and wealth.Brave Men and Women
"fit of the blues," also "colic," 1590s, mulliegrums, fanciful formation.
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