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 Aishwarya Tandon knew that her grandmother, feverish and breathless, had COVID-19. USA Today, 14 May 2021 Considering the price of a resale single-family home in San Diego County went up by 13 percent in 2020, it might be expected the construction industry would be in a feverish rush to build. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 These worries are not entirely new: Eastern Washington became the epicenter of U.S.-based mining in 2018, during the last bitcoin bubble, and after months of feverish speculation, a number of towns and counties put moratoriums on new operations. Sophie Haigney, Curbed, 13 July 2021 Not only does feverish Chinese production give the American people a daily raise, that same production logically enhances U.S. economic output. John Tamny, Forbes, 4 July 2021 Not that such misconceptions have a chance of stopping her feverish output. New York Times, 28 June 2021 Such feverish children in the Atlanta area are part of a pattern of viral infections that pediatricians, infectious-disease specialists and epidemiologists have noticed cropping up this spring in the United States, especially in the South. Author: Amy Goldstein, Fenit Nirappil, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 Today, Taylor Swift announced that the next record from her archive to be given the 2021 treatment will be Red (Taylor’s Version, naturally) to a typically feverish response. Liam Hess, Vogue, 18 June 2021 O’Reilly’s made our thematic screen last week, too, as the company gears up for the inevitable rush of cabin-feverish travelers itching to spend time having fun in the sun for summer 2021. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 11 May 2021

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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 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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