- Obs. migraine
- Archaic a whim, fancy, or fad
- [pl.]Rare low spirits; the blues
Origin of megrimLate Middle English migreime from Old French migraine: see migraine
- A migraine.
- often megrims A caprice or fancy.
- megrims Depression or unhappiness: “If these megrims are the effect of Love, thank Heaven, I never knew what it was” ( Samuel Richardson )
Origin of megrimMiddle English migrem variant of migraine ; see migraine .
- (now rare) A headache; a migraine. [from 15th c.]
- (in the plural) Depression, low spirits, unhappiness. [from 16th c.]
- (now rare) A fancy, a whim, a caprice. [from 16th c.]
- (in the plural) Any of various diseases of animals, especially horses, marked by a disturbance of equilibrium and abnormal gait and behaviour such as staggers or a sudden vertigo, sometimes followed by unconsciousness; the staggers. [from 17th c.]
From Middle French migraigne, from Vulgar Latin pronunciation of Late Latin hemicrania (“pain in one half of the head"), from Ancient Greek á¼¡Î¼Î¹ÎºÏá¾±Î½Î¯á¾° (hemikrania), from á¼¡Î¼Î¹- (hÄ“mi-, “hemi-, half") + ÎºÏÎ±Î½Î¯Î¿Î½ (kranion, “skull") (from whence also cranium). Compare migraine, hemicrania.