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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also aguë

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English

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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

  • enPR: āʹgyo͞o, IPA: /ˈeɪ.ɡju/, /ˈeɪ.ɡ/
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Noun

Singular
ague

Plural
agues

ague (plural agues)

  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.

Usage notes

The pronunciation IPA: /ˈeɪ.ɡ/ is a common mispronunciation by people to whom this is a book word (a word one learns by reading and assumes a (sometimes incorrect) pronunciation because one's never heard it spoken). IPA: /ˈeɪ.ɡju/ is the correct pronunciation.

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.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to ague

Third person singular
agues

Simple past
agued

Past participle
agued

Present participle
aguing

to ague (third-person singular simple present agues, present participle aguing, simple past and past participle agued)

  1. (transitive) To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of aegu
  • gaue

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