plural noun mul·li·grubs \ˈməlēˌgrəbz\\ˈmäl-\
variants: or


\ˈməlēˌgrəbz\ less commonly



Definition of mulligrubs

  1. 1 :  a despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood :  sulks, blues

  2. 2 :  a griping of the intestines :  colic

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Origin and Etymology of mulligrubs

alteration (probably influenced by grub) of earlier mulliegrums, perhaps alteration (perhaps influenced by obsolete English mully dusty, moldy, from English 1mull + -y) of megrims, plural of 1megrim

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