feverish

adjective
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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Global anticipation of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s third-generation autocrat Kim Jong Un is close to feverish. Washington Post, "What happened in Singapore on the eve of Trump-Kim summit?," 11 June 2018 The damaging wind reports to the National Weather Service continue to pile up at feverish pace. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Dangerous, long duration wind storm rakes Washington region with 60 to 70 mph gusts," 2 Mar. 2018 About 115 routes by which residents might leave the area and spread the virus were mapped, but intensive surveillance looking for feverish or obviously ill persons could be set up at only 30 of them, the W.H.O. said. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 Kurt Simon, ex-JPMorgan now co-chair of global technology, media and telecommunications at Goldman Kurt Simon says the M&A pace in 2018 was feverish. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "A Big Year for Deals—and Deal Makers," 30 Dec. 2018 If strength is a hallmark of masculinity, then Jackson’s insistence on his own immunity to harm is also a feverish attempt at denouncing femininity. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 The regulars have feverish followings online, where fans chronicle their movements and histories. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "America’s fattest bear has now been crowned," 9 Oct. 2018 Trump’s expressions of moral equivalency between the United States and Russia, feverish conspiracy theorizing and attacks against his fellow Americans on stage with Vladimir Putin must have sounded pitiful to most. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Putin or the Democrats? For some today it's not so easy," 19 July 2018 Avoid in the morning when the beignet frenzy is most feverish. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beignets in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of feverish

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

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feverish

adjective

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

feverish

adjective
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

feverish

adjective
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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