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

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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 Astronomers across the globe entered a similar state of feverish excitement yesterday. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 3 June 2021 About two weeks after flying back to her dorm room, still on the treatment, Prince felt feverish, weak and immobile. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Patients arrived with problems the physicians there had not yet seen in the pandemic: people were not only breathless and feverish but had pain and pressure behind their cheekbones and around their eyes. Maryn Mckenna, Scientific American, 28 May 2021 In early spring, Sarah Vang’s elderly aunt grew feverish and had trouble breathing. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 But the original indie single has a raw, feverish rush of its own. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2021 Despite hope that residents have developed immunities from first-wave infections, officials remain on edge and have ordered toilets sanitized in Dharavi at least five times a day and door-to-door screenings for feverish temperatures. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Builders are working at a feverish pace to keep up. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The feverish pace slowed in the fifth, but Ruiz still was damage-minded, rocking Arreola twice in the final minute with a pair of overhand right hands. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021

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First Known Use of feverish

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

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“Feverish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feverish. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of feverish

: having a fever : suffering from a higher than normal body temperature caused by illness
: of or relating to a fever
: involving intense emotion or activity : feeling or showing great or extreme excitement


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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