megrim was our Word of the Day on 09/11/2011. Hear the podcast!
Examples of megrim in a Sentence
having no sense of purpose, he was often at the mercy of the strange megrims that sprang into his head
Did You Know?
Megrim and "migraine" share a meaning and an etymology. Latin and Greek speakers afflicted with a pain in one side of the head called their ailment "hemicrania" or "hēmikrania," from the Greek terms hēmi-, meaning "half," and kranion, meaning "cranium." French-speaking sufferers used "migraine," a modification of "hemicrania," for the same condition. English speakers borrowed "migraine" from French - twice. First, they modified the French term to form "migreime," which in turn gave rise to "megrim" in the 15th century. Later, in the 18th century, they returned to French and borrowed "migraine" again, this time retaining its French spelling. Nowadays, "megrim" and "migraine" can still be used interchangeably, but "megrim" has other meanings as well.
Origin and Etymology of megrim
Middle English migreime, from Middle French migraine — more at migraine
First Known Use: 15th century
Learn More about megrim
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for megrim
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up megrim? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).