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See also aguë

English

Etymology

Middle English ague and Old English agu, ague, from Old French and Middle French aguë (fievre), "acute (fever)", from Late Latin (febris) acuta "acute fever", from acutus "sharp, acute" + febris "fever".

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈei.ɡju/
  • Schoolbook Phonetics: (āʹgū)
  • Last Resort Phonetics: AY-gyoo

Noun

Singular
ague

Plural
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  1. (obsolete) An acute fever.
    • Brenning agues. —P. Plowman.
  2. (pathology) An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.
  3. The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, fever and ague.
  4. A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold.
  5. A former name for malaria.

Quotations

  • 1810: Lord Byron, "Written after Swimming from Sestos to Abydos"
    'Twere hard to say who fared the best:
    Sad mortals! thus the Gods still plague you!
    He lost his labour, I my jest:
    For he was drowned, and I've the ague
  • 1969: John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, p. 200.
    He had to capture some character and get out of that rest room before his ague got so bad that the sergeant had to carry him to and from the booth every day.

Verb

Infinitive
to ague

Third person singular
agu

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to ague (third-person singular simple present agu, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.

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