- a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease.
- a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort.
- a feeling of unease or depression
- a mild sickness, not symptomatic of any disease or ailment
- a complex of problems affecting a country, economy, etcBulgaria’s economic malaise
n.c.1300, maleise “pain, suffering; sorrow, anxiety,” also, by late 14c., “disease, sickness,” from Old French malaise “difficulty, suffering, hardship,” literally “ill-ease,” from mal “bad” (see mal-) + aise “ease” (see ease (n.)). The current use is perhaps a mid-18c. reborrowing from Modern French. A Middle English verbal form, malasen “to trouble, distress” (mid-15c.), from Old French malaisier, did not endure. n.
- A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.