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  • n. colic
  • n. sullenness; sulky behaviour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A griping of the intestines; colic.
  • n. Hence, sullenness; the sulks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pain in the intestines; colic.
  • n. Ill temper; sulkiness; the sulks: as, to have the mulligrubs.
  • n. The dobson or hellgrammite.


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  • "mulligrubs," all stand out in my memory as tragic, and no doubt prepared me to appreciate tragedy later on as a fine art.

    Boycotted And Other Stories

  • Even a rival at the Gold Hill Daily News noticed that this favorite writer is melancholy; he has got the mulligrubs. . .


  • She filled the one brimful for her guest, and the other more modestly to about two-thirds of its capacity, for her own use, repeating, as the rich cordial trickled forth in a smooth oily stream — “Right Rosa Solis, as ever washed mulligrubs out of a moody brain!”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • If Cas could pull out of it and lead a normal, useful life, I certainly should not have had the mulligrubs.

    Time For The Stars

  • It is easy enough to say that a pessimist is a person afflicted with an incurable case of mulligrubs -- one whom nothing in all earth or heaven or hades pleases; one who usually deserves nothing, yet grumbles if he gets it.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • He has the mulligrubs because he cannot plant himself on a Congressional cushion, or because he finds his wife awake and nursing a curtain lecture to keep it warm when he falls through the front fence at 5 o'clock in the morning.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • The above slug of "taffy" was accompanied by a woodcut portrait of Miss H-- s which made her resemble a half-naked Indian squaw suffering with an acute attack of mulligrubs, superinduced by an overfeed of baked dog.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

  • Idleness lies in bed sick of the mulligrubs where industry finds health and wealth.

    Brave Men and Women

  • He is in great force now that he has got rid of his Grenoble mulligrubs.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 2

  • See how it creams; don't be snuffy, Molly, none of your mulligrubs.



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  • A state of depression or low spirits

    January 8, 2018

  • Enmeshed by so grievous events

    The sharp pang of panic relents.

    Sour fate dully rubs

    And makes mulligrubs

    From fevers of old discontents.

    July 31, 2017

  • "n. The dobson or hellgrammite." --CD&C

    February 29, 2012

  • "You, Ishmail, phthisic pawn, glutton for musty old manuscripts, puny scribbling runt, martyr to a myriad of sulks, doldrums and mulligrubs, you who lit out, packing just a smock, four shirts and a cotton hanky in your bag. . ." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010

  • JM grumps towards the mulligrubs as a career goal.

    November 22, 2009

  • "The barber chuckled. 'You're a philosopher, sir, a philosopher.'

    'I am, but I'm a blue one. I have the blue mulligrubs.'

    'The blue mulligrubs?' Cowper said. I think I know them.'"

    -- The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch, p 34

    July 12, 2009

  • "The mulligrubs"= the blues. I should like to know just what one of these dread beasts look like?

    July 16, 2008

  • E'er they be grumbly, and e'er they be mumbly..

    July 11, 2008

  • She, you know such lovely words for the grumbly mumblies.

    July 11, 2008

  • Perhaps it was in tribute to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness? (see melancholy, mubblefubbles, blue devils)

    July 11, 2008

  • There was a band playing tonight at Cantina Roja. I think they were supposed to be called The Misfits but I referred to them as The Mulligrubs. They didn't seem to mind.

    July 11, 2008