\ ˈā-(ˌ)gyü How to pronounce ague (audio) \

Definition of ague

1 : a fever (such as malaria) marked by paroxysms (see paroxysm sense 1) of chills, fever, and sweating that recur at regular intervals
2 : a fit of shivering

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aguish \ ˈā-​ˌgyü-​ish How to pronounce aguish (audio) \ adjective

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The Bolt’s +200-mile range puts it beyond the nagging agues of range anxiety. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Chevy Bolt: Meet the First Practical, Mass-Market Electric Vehicle," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ague

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ague

Middle English, from Anglo-French ague, from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta, literally, sharp fever, from Latin, feminine of acutus sharp — more at acute

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The first known use of ague was in the 14th century

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\ ˈā-(ˌ)gyü How to pronounce ague (audio) \

Medical Definition of ague

1 : a fever (as malaria) marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating that recur at regular intervals
2 : a fit of shivering : chill

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