Main definitions of megrim in English

: megrim1megrim2

megrim1

noun

archaic
  • 1megrimsDepression; low spirits:

    ‘exercise could banish most megrims’
    • ‘Women have moods and megrims.’
  • 2A whim or fancy:

    ‘he moved from city to city on the whims and megrims of his employer’
    • ‘Converted, she, by the great grief that had befallen her friends; made ashamed of whining over megrims when death and shame were making havoc in the little home.’
    impulse, urge, notion, fancy, whimsy, foible, idea, caprice, conceit, vagary, kink, megrim, crotchet, craze, fad, passion, inclination, bent
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Origin

Late Middle English: variant of migraine.

Pronunciation:

megrim

/ˈmiːɡrɪm/

Main definitions of megrim in English

: megrim1megrim2

megrim2

noun

  • 1A deep-water flatfish of the European Atlantic coast.

    Also called sail-fluke, whiff
    • ‘Not only will the cuts apply to cod but will apply also to associated species such as whiting, haddock, sole, saithe, monk, plaice, prawns, hake and megrim.’
    • ‘Additionally from Wednesday last Ireland's fishing industry was ordered to stop fishing for monkfish, prawns, white pollack and megrims as the country's quota for the current year had already been reached.’
    • ‘It was a red letter day for me as I like to catch as many different species of fish as I can and earlier in the day I had caught my first ever megrim off Erris Head.’
    • ‘We welcome the decision to increase the quotas for monkfish, megrim and haddock in the southwestern waters.’
    • ‘Even though this rig is especially good for gurnards, it also proves superbly successful for dabs, plaice, megrim, even small turbot and brill, also haddock, cod and whiting.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for scaldfish
      • ‘The term would include flatfish belonging to the genera Citharus, Lepidorhombus, Arnoglossus, and Bothus; the English terms 'megrim' and 'scaldfish' apply to some, but some Mediterranean species have no English names.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

megrim

/ˈmiːɡrɪm/