fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ˈfē-vər \

Definition of fever 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a rise of body temperature above the normal

b : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom

2a : a state of heightened or intense emotion or activity

b : a contagious usually transient enthusiasm : craze

fever

verb
fevered; fevering\ˈfē-​vriŋ, ˈfe-​vər-​iŋ \

Definition of fever (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to throw into a fever : agitate

intransitive verb

: to contract or be in a fever : become feverish

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of fever in a Sentence

Noun

The symptoms of the disease include headache and fever. We waited in a fever of anticipation. He had us all in a fever with worry.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Feral Detective operates in a noirish, apocalyptic register, all loopy fever dream logic. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jonathan Lethem’s Feral Detective is a mess. But it’s a fun mess.," 27 Nov. 2018 And the policy change has long been a fever dream of many in the right-wing media, as documented by Media Matters for America, a progressive advocacy organization that monitors the media. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Plan to Revoke Birthright Citizenship Is Another Attack on Immigrants," 30 Oct. 2018 Many epidemics of fever ravaged Europe from ancient times through the early 20th century. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of a devastating European disease," 26 Sep. 2018 As part of World Cup fever, soccer fans who wear gear from the two teams will get a 50 percent discount on the marine park’s admission through July 15. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Flipper the dolphin calls World Cup winner in Miami," 13 July 2018 Contact tracing, as the process is called, requires establishing a vast surveillance team to watch people’s movements from town to town and reporting any cases of fever that could be Ebola. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Remember that Ebola outbreak in Congo? Looks like they contained it.," 27 June 2018 Commonly, once infected, a person develops flu-like symptoms of fever, headaches, muscle pain, vomiting and sore throat. Susan Scutti, CNN, "What you need to know about lethal Nipah virus," 23 May 2018 Custis was the grandson of Martha Washington, who had been adopted by George Washington when Custis’ father died of camp fever in 1781 during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. Wesley E. Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Burial benefits for veterans explained," 18 May 2018 And then, interestingly, aspirin also reduces the incidences of fever in the post-operative period. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "How high-tech genomics - and simple aspirin - could make your joint replacement better," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Proponents also argue that there is little evidence that fever itself, even a high fever, is harmful. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "If Fever Helps Fight Infection, Should I Avoid Fever-Reducing Drugs?," 11 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fever.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fever

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for fever

Noun

Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fever

Statistics for fever

Last Updated

2 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fever

The first known use of fever was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fever

fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fever

: a body temperature that is higher than normal

: a disease that causes an increase in body temperature

: a state of excited emotion or activity

fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ˈfē-vər \

Kids Definition of fever

1 : a body temperature that is higher than normal

2 : a disease involving fever

fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ˈfē-vər \

Medical Definition of fever 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rise of body temperature above the normal whether a natural response (as to infection) or artificially induced for therapeutic reasons

2 : an abnormal bodily state characterized by increased production of heat, accelerated heart action and pulse, and systemic debility with weakness, loss of appetite, and thirst

3 : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom

fever

verb
fevered; fevering\ˈfēv-​(ə-​)riŋ \

Medical Definition of fever (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to affect with fever the malarial plasmodia fevered him

intransitive verb

: to contract or be in a fever : be or become feverish the malaria victim fevered intermittently

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on fever

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fever

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fever

Spanish Central: Translation of fever

Nglish: Translation of fever for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fever for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fever

Comments on fever

What made you want to look up fever? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!