feverish

adjective

fe·​ver·​ish ˈfē-vrish How to pronounce feverish (audio)
ˈfe-vər-ish
1
a
: 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
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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of feverish was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Feverish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feverish. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

feverish

adjective
fe·​ver·​ish ˈfēv-(ə-)rish How to pronounce feverish (audio)
1
a
: having a fever
b
: of, relating to, or being fever
c
: tending to cause fever
2
: showing great emotion or activity : hectic
feverish excitement
feverishly adverb
feverishness noun

Medical Definition

feverish

adjective
fe·​ver·​ish ˈfēv-(ə-)rish How to pronounce feverish (audio)
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 spotR. L. Stevenson

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