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 The other children grew feverish and lethargic, as well. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "The painful truth: A wife gets answers from a nurse who saw her husband die," 28 June 2020 In the next room, a man lay slumped in his bed, a sheen of sweat coating his feverish face. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "‘It’s going to last a while’: Influx of COVID-19 patients threatens to push San Antonio hospitals to the breaking point," 28 June 2020 The Arctic is feverish and on fire — at least parts of it are. Daria Litvinova, Fox News, "The Arctic is on fire: Siberian heat wave alarms scientists," 25 June 2020 The Arctic is feverish and on fire — at least parts of it are. Daria Litvinova, Anchorage Daily News, "The Arctic is on fire: Siberian heat wave alarms scientists," 24 June 2020 The year since Epstein’s arrest has spawned a raft of reportage, podcasts, feverish Reddit threads, books, and documentaries. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Letting Jeffrey Epstein’s Pals Off the Hook," 17 June 2020 The national public spotlight and the feverish intercommunity dialogue follow the release of footage showing Thao standing aside as then-officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, dug his knee for eight minutes into the neck of Floyd, a black man. NBC News, "The Hmong American community, power, privilege and a place in Asian America," 8 June 2020 Frontier Airlines is preparing for an increasing number of passengers on its flights by screening temperatures at the departure gate and denying boarding to anyone who is feverish. Gregory Wallace, CNN, "Air travel is bouncing back ... sort of," 1 June 2020 If symptomatic or feverish, they won’t be allowed into the workplace. Rebecca Ostriker, BostonGlobe.com, "What will it really take for us to go back to work? This institute plans to experiment — on itself," 23 Apr. 2020

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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