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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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  • From pain, cold, and damp, a feverish shivering shook his whole body.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Sophy was unwell, was feverish; the scarlet fever had been in the neighbourhood.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Battalion, stand at—— after which they awaited with feverish nervousness the word of command.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • I stayed three days at her house, as I was so feverish that my life was said to be in danger.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "I think I'll go up and ask him," he added, in a sort of feverish impulse.

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
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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