fe·​ver·​ish | \ ˈfē-vrish How to pronounce feverish (audio) , ˈfe-vər-ish \

Definition of feverish

1a : tending to cause fever
b : having the symptoms of a fever
c : indicating or relating to fever
2 : marked by intense emotion, activity, or instability feverish excitement

Other Words from feverish

feverishly adverb
feverishness noun

Examples of feverish in a Sentence

She was feeling tired and feverish. He had a feverish appearance.
Recent Examples on the Web Thankfully, Deutch is intensely clued into her character’s feverish wavelength. Amy Nicholson, Variety, 20 July 2022 Some experts agree that Elvis may have been performing at a feverish pace in order to meet fans' demands at the expense of his well-being. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 The bill included feverish sets by L7 (Sparks, Plakas, Jennifer Finch and Suzi Gardner) and Courtney Love’s Hole; San Francisco’s Sister Double Happiness opened. Suzy Expositostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2022 For most of the year, the region has averaged around 4,300 sales a month, still low by historic standards, but expected given low interest rates and feverish demand. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 Tidal teased details of a new album from the singer that has set off feverish speculation amongst fans. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 June 2022 But after days of intraparty warfare and feverish late-night negotiations, a reset was desperately needed -- and the best Biden could offer. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 But within a day of the drugs running out, her body was once again aching, feverish, and inflamed; angry red rashes that had disappeared came roaring right back. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 The week after Angela drove the feverish resident to the emergency room, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would announce that surfaces were actually less of a threat than initially believed. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of feverish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for feverish


fe·​ver·​ish | \ ˈfē-və-rish How to pronounce feverish (audio) \

Kids Definition of feverish

1 : having a fever a feverish child
2 : characteristic of or relating to a fever a feverish nightmare
3 : showing great emotion or activity : hectic … he belonged to the daytime world of feverish activity.— Betsy Byars, The Summer of the Swans

Other Words from feverish

feverishly adverb


fe·​ver·​ish | \ ˈfēv-(ə-)rish How to pronounce feverish (audio) \

Medical Definition of feverish

1 : showing symptoms indicating fever (as increased heat and thirst or delirium) : having a fever the patient is feverish specifically : abnormally hot the child's forehead felt feverish
2 : of or indicating fever a feverish condition
3 : infected with or tending to cause fever a damp, feverish, unhealthy spot— R. L. Stevenson

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