Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A febrile condition in which there are alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating. Used chiefly in reference to the fevers associated with malaria.
  • n. A chill or fit of shivering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An acute fever.
  • n. An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.
  • n. The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, fever and ague.
  • n. A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold.
  • n. Malaria.
  • v. To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An acute fever.
  • n. An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.
  • n. The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever.
  • n. A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold.
  • transitive v. To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An acute or violent fever.
  • n. Intermittent fever; a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, each in well-developed forms, consisting of three stages marked by successive fits, cold or shivering (the chill), hot or burning, and sweating; chills and fever.
  • n. Chilliness; a chill not resulting from disease.
  • To cause a shivering in; strike with a cold fit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malaria
  • n. a fit of shivering or shaking
  • n. a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French (fievre) ague, sharp (fever), from Medieval Latin (febris) acūta, from Latin, feminine of acūtus; see acute.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English agu, ague, from Old French and Middle French (fievre) aguë, “acute (fever)” (Modern French fièvre aigüe), from Late Latin (febris) acuta ("acute fever"), from acūtus ("sharp, acute") + febris ("fever"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Achoo! see gesundheit.

    February 26, 2009

  • The modern French spelling is aigu "acute", though English 'ague' is in origin the same word: an acute fever.

    September 3, 2008

  • I think that in French, the "accent ague" (pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, a'gü) is the same as the acute accent, as in étude.

    September 3, 2008

  • Can this refer to a kind of diacritic, or is WeirdNet acting up again? I can find the ocasional apparently supportive reference, e.g. to 'the umlaut in German or the ague accent in French', but checking other English dictionaries hasn't given me any results.

    September 3, 2008

  • pronounced /'eIgju:/

    July 24, 2008