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[mee-grim] /ˈmi grɪm/
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
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  • Have you no arts of the toilet that can overcome the story of your megrims?

  • Then the Governor's lady had desired him to attend her for the megrims.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • This was the first attack of the megrims that I remembered in my mistress since the time when she was a young girl.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • Thee must not get the megrims, Peggy, before thee has started.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • I never let thee sing that fule song, but Meg's fancies have brought the megrims into thine head!

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She had sickened him by her megrims, as Tracy had prophesied she would!

    The Black Moth Georgette Heyer
  • Remember how you made me shake off the megrims by exertion in Philadelphia?

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • Who was safe, if a half-fed scrofulous woman had fancies and the megrims?

    Witch Stories E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • She may be muscle-bound and throw a splint sometimes, or get the Charley horse; but megrims are not for her—believe me!

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • The girl, out of patience with his megrims, gave him a blow with a log on the parts affected.

British Dictionary definitions for megrims


noun (functioning as sing)
(archaic) a fit of depression
(archaic) a disease of horses and cattle; staggers


noun (archaic)
(often pl) a caprice
a migraine
Word Origin
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
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for megrims


see migraine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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megrims in Medicine

megrim me·grim (mē'grĭm)
See migraine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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