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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 feverishly
  • When cornered, rattlers feverishly shake their iconic tails as a last warning to back off.
  • He took off his hat, placed his hand upon his heart, and hurried towards her muttering and gesticulating feverishly.
  • She would sometimes begin to cry suddenly and was often ill and feverishly delirious.
  • Forests breathe feverishly, clouds sing softly, a golden oriole prays for rain.
  • During testimony, he feverishly scribbles notes on a yellow legal pad and chats with his lawyers.
  • Shawn seems to have had such a cogent point that it has set me feverishly to work.
  • Every major automaker in the world is feverishly researching fuel cells.
  • Third party tales, blurry images and feverishly devoted proponents.
  • Or, if they have a second term, they worry even more feverishly about what posterity will think of them.
  • These are the ones who have largely given up on their current positions, and feverishly chart layoff rumors and bonus chatter.
British Dictionary definitions for feverishly


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 feverishly



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.

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feverishly 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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