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[fee-ver-ish] /ˈfi vər ɪʃ/
having fever.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling fever:
a feverish excitement.
excited, restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever.
having a tendency to produce fever.
Origin of feverish
1350-1400; Middle English feverisch. See fever, -ish1
Related forms
feverishly, adverb
feverishness, noun
nonfeverish, adjective
nonfeverishly, adverb
nonfeverishness, noun
pseudofeverish, adjective
pseudofeverishly, adverb
unfeverish, adjective
Can be confused
fervent, fever, feverish.
3. frenzied, impatient, fervent, wrought-up. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feverish
  • Sam was more hardhearted, yet his feverish materialism created more jobs.
  • Northeast, land is changing hands at a feverish pace.
  • But when she became feverish and confused, her family took her to another hospital.
  • feverish visitors from the mainland can even pay for their shavings in their own currency, the yuan.
  • Humankind's feverish attachment to gold shouldn't have survived the modern world.
  • And some say they were unaware that their feverish clicks on a home computer may have been against the law.
  • We're not here to help our students make their minds resemble their laptops, fast and feverish.
  • In their latest work, they verified that the blend of chemicals makes the lab animals feverish as well.
  • Everyone danced to a feverish pitch and the normally reserved audience went wild.
  • After many feverish hours, he made the final deductive leap.
British Dictionary definitions for feverish


suffering from fever, esp a slight fever
in a state of restless excitement
of, relating to, caused by, or causing fever
Derived Forms
feverishly, feverously, adverb
feverishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for feverish

late 14c., "causing fever;" 1630s, "excited;" 1640s, "having symptoms of fever," from fever + -ish. Earlier in same sense was feverous (late 14c.). Related: Feverishly; feverishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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feverish in Medicine

feverish fe·ver·ish (fē'vər-ĭsh)

  1. Having a fever.

  2. Relating to or resembling a fever.

  3. Causing or tending to cause a fever.

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