American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See migraine.
- n. A caprice or fancy. Often used in the plural.
- n. Depression or unhappiness: "If these megrims are the effect of Love, thank Heaven, I never knew what it was” ( Samuel Richardson).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of headache usually confined to or beginning or predominating on one side of the head. It may be ushered in by malaise, languor, chilliness, or ocular or other sensory symptoms. The ocular symptoms are such as amblyopia, a glimmering appearance before the eyes, spectra of angular outline (fortification spectra), or hemianopsia. The headache, often becoming overpowering in its character and intensity, lasts from several hours to two or three days. At its height it is attended often with nausea and vomiting. The attacks return with a certain periodicity. Exhausting influences are apt to increase their frequency. The liability to megrim lasts for years, and is apt to disappear in middle life or later. Also called migraine, hemicrania, nervous headache, and sick-headache.
- n. plural Lowness of spirits, as from headache or general physical disturbance; the “blues”; a morbid or whimsical state of feeling.
- n. plural In farriery, a sudden attack of sickness in a horse at work, when he reels, and either stands still for a minute dull and stupid, or falls to the ground insensible. These attacks are often periodical, but are most frequent in warm weather.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of sick or nervous headache, usually periodical and confined to one side of the head; now more commonly called
migraine headacheor migraine.
- n. A fancy; a whim; a freak; a humor; esp., in the plural, lowness of spirits.
- n. (Far.) A sudden vertigo in a horse, succeeded sometimes by unconsciousness, produced by an excess of blood in the brain; a mild form of apoplexy.
- n. (Zoöl.) The British smooth sole, or scaldfish (Psetta arnoglossa).
- n. a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
- Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English migrem, variant of migraine; see migraine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The anguish produced by this self-reproof was so strong that I put my hand suddenly to my forehead, and was obliged to allege a sudden megrim to my attendant, in apology for the action, and a slight groan with which it was accompanied.”
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“Young Cliff, who, of the entire set-up, would most interest you, will, I hope, grow out of his megrim and return to his music.”
“Our youths, who spend their days in trying to build up their constitutions by sport or athletics and their evenings in undermining them with poisonous and dyed drinks; our daughters, who are ever searching for some new quack remedy for new imaginary megrim, what strength is there in them?”
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