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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Amid the feverish passion for and against scooters, there’s a larger reckoning taking place about rapid changes to our cities and public spaces. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 In recent weeks, British newspapers have breathlessly chronicled every detail of the nuptials, from the type of wedding cake (lemon elderflower), to feverish speculation on invitees (the Spice Girls? Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Isn’t Just a Modern Love Story. It Marks a More Modern Monarchy," 16 May 2018 Despite the obvious homage, this is a Ramsay film, rooted in the Glaswegian auteur's feverish, kaleidoscope style. Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, "You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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