- a fever, usually malarial, marked by regularly recurring chills
- a chill; fit of shivering
Origin of agueMiddle English from Old French ague from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta, violent (fever): see acute
- A febrile condition in which there are alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating. Used chiefly in reference to the fevers associated with malaria.
- A chill or fit of shivering.
Origin of agueMiddle English from Old French (fievre) ague sharp (fever) from Medieval Latin (febris) acūta from Latin feminine of acūtus ; see acute .
The pronunciation IPA: /ˈeɪɡ/ is a common mispronunciation by people to whom this is a book word (a word one learns by reading and has never heard spoken). IPA: /ˈeɪ.ɡju/ is the correct pronunciation.
(third-person singular simple present agues, present participle aguing, simple past and past participle agued)
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”).
Cognate to acute.