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.

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Lisa Taddeo’s debut book, reported over eight years and written in feverish, novelistic prose, earned endorsements from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Gilbert in advance of its publication, and has been racking up big pre-order sales. David Canfield, EW.com, "Lisa Taddeo on her biggest hope for Three Women, the hottest book of the summer," 9 July 2019 First, there's the anticipation, and for feverish excitement, no match at this Women's World Cup has yet to compare to Friday's quarterfinal clash between the US and France. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "France vs. USA: 'A magnificent showcase' for the Women's World Cup," 28 June 2019 Thomas Whiteside That, plus a few affectionate red-carpet and Instagram appearances, led to feverish speculation about whether the two, each of whom has spoken in interviews about her fluid sexuality, might have been romantically involved. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "It's Tessa Thompson's Time to Shine," 11 June 2019 The five patients, who received treatment at New Jersey's Cooper University Hospital, illustrate this changing reality: A 38-year-old man arrived at the hospital vomiting, feverish and with a skin rash on his tender left calf. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Flesh-eating bacteria in New Jersey reveal one possible effect of climate change, study says," 17 June 2019 But taking part means weeks of feverish activity preparing the elaborate altars and dresses. Daniel Stone, National Geographic, "Spring blooms to life in this elaborate Spanish ritual," 17 June 2019 While public conversation about the military–whether about kneeling in protest or a jumbo parade–tends to devolve into feverish political debate, Springsteen has become a singular and powerful voice singing for the individual vets themselves. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "In a Culture War Over the Military, Bruce Springsteen Stands Alone," 13 June 2019 For all their feverish effort, eternal life remains a distant fantasy. Josh Wilbur, WIRED, "You Could Live Forever With This Sci-Fi Time Hack," 4 June 2019 Hence the Symbolists’ feverish pursuit of emotion of all sorts. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of feverish

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

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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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