(noun) a fit of shivering or shaking
ague, chills and fever
(noun) successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malaria
Source: WordNet® 3.1
ague (countable and uncountable, plural agues)
(obsolete) An acute fever.
(pathology) An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.
The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever
A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold.
The pronunciation /ˈeɪɡ/ is a common pronunciation by people to whom this is a book word (a word one learns by reading and has never heard spoken). /ˈeɪ.ɡju/ is the standard pronunciation.
ague (third-person singular simple present agues, present participle aguing, simple past and past participle agued)
(transitive) To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.
A"gue, n. Etym: [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem.
ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp.
1. An acute fever. [Obs.] "Brenning agues." P. Plowman.
Definition: An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.
3. The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, fever and
4. A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold. Dryden. Ague cake, an
enlargement of the spleen produced by ague.
– Ague drop, a solution of the arsenite of potassa used for ague.
– Ague fit, a fit of the ague. Shak.
– Ague spell, a spell or charm against ague. Gay.
– Ague tree, the sassafras, -- sometimes so called from the use of
its root formerly, in cases of ague. [Obs.]
A"gue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agued.]
Definition: To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit. Heywood.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition