- The definition of malaise is a general feeling of being tired or under the weather.
An example of malaise is when you start to get a cold and are just feeling kind of yucky.
- a vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness, as early in an illness
- a vague awareness of moral or social decline
Origin of malaiseFrench ; from mal, bad (see mal-) + aise, ease
- A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.
- A general sense of depression or unease: “The markets remain mired in a deep malaise” (New York Times).
Origin of malaiseFrench, from Old French : mal-, mal- + aise, ease; see ease.