One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]dialect, archaic
Complain or sulk.‘it's too late to mulligrub about it’
- ‘At least he wasn't still mulligrubbing about the labor.’
- ‘From that day forward, I didn't mullygrub about chemo.’
- ‘If I mullygrub at the kids all the way to the library, it would be better not to go.’
- ‘Some people would mulligrub about taking time out to feed another person's cat.’
- ‘"Don't mullygrub," I always said to my kids when they were having a down day.’
plural nounthe mulligrubs
Feelings of melancholy, sullenness, or depression.‘another attack of the mulligrubs’‘he was down in the mulligrubs’
- ‘I was down in the mullygrubs for a month.’
- ‘That would have been easier for her than seein' Pa so down in the mulligrubs.’
- ‘When she had 'the mulligrubs' she would retreat to her lair in the sitting-room.’
- ‘I have scarce stirred to take exercise for four or five days, so it's no wonder I had the mulligrubs.’
- ‘His wife had left him two months before and he was down in the mulligrubs.’
Late 16th century: of uncertain origin. Compare with mullygrub.
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