fe·​ver·​ish | \ˈfē-vrish, 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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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 \

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 \

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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