from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of European deep water flatfish, Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis; the whiff or sail-fluke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of sick or nervous headache, usually periodical and confined to one side of the head; now more commonly called migraine headache or migraine.
- n. A fancy; a whim; a freak; a humor; esp., in the plural, lowness of spirits.
- n. 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. The British smooth sole, or scaldfish (Psetta arnoglossa).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of headache usually confined to or beginning or predominating on one side of the head.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
Middle English migrem, variant of migraine; see migraine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French migraigne, from Vulgar Latin pronunciation of Late Latin hemicrania ("pain in one half of the head"), from Ancient Greek ἡμικρᾱνίᾰ (hemikrania), from ἡμι- (hēmi-, "hemi-, half") + κρανίον (kranion, "skull") (from whence also cranium). Compare migraine, hemicrania. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)