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noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Southern U.S.
  1. ill temper; colic; grumpiness.
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Origin of mulligrubs

1590–1600; earlier mulligrums, apparently alteration of megrims
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  • 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.

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