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 Rather, their bid to mainstream two-tone styling reflects the latest chapter in a feverish competition among brands to distinguish their SUVs from each other. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Two-tone car paint makes a comeback, with Nissan, Hyundai among automakers reviving 50s-era styling for SUVs," 3 Aug. 2020 With MediCopy growing at breakneck speed, its work-in-the office ethos spelled a feverish expansion of its physical presence in Nashville. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-10 sound a death knell for office buildings?," 14 July 2020 Even though the 57-year-old was feverish and not eating or sleeping, Schneider resisted going to the hospital. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Add delirium, hallucinations to list of symptoms associated with COVID-19," 13 July 2020 Instead, the mayor’s husband, Derek Bottoms, 56, turned feverish and fatigued and experienced night sweats. BostonGlobe.com, "Long delays in getting test results hobble coronavirus response," 12 July 2020 Previously, the most recent notable Dogecoin price run-up took place in early 2018, reaching $0.013, alongside a feverish cryptocurrency bubble, after which the price quickly collapsed. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "What is Dogecoin?," 9 July 2020 The communal dining that lasted into April, the nights that feverish patients were left to sleep beside roommates who weren’t sick yet. Washington Post, "The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing," 7 July 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom set up the watch list this week to scale back a period of feverish re-openings. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new peaks in the Bay Area," 3 July 2020 The song, which also features his collaborator, mentee, and almost brother-in-law Travis Scott, reads as an feverish prayer to the heavens for the healing and cleansing for the world in light of all of its current turmoil. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Kanye West’s New Song Has Team Yeezy Reminiscing," 30 June 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 11 Aug. 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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