follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

jail fever

noun
1.
a former name for typhus, once a common disease in jails
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for jail fever
Historical Examples
  • He sank under a contagious disorder, very prevalent at that time, and vulgarly termed the jail fever.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Upon it was the body of another poor prisoner, dead of jail fever.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • Typhus or jail fever appeared in its most dreadful form, and the deaths were terribly frequent.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
  • Here ill luck still followed him, for he caught the jail fever.

    Literary Byways William Andrews
  • Consequently dysentery, smallpox and jail fever made fearful ravages.

  • The fever caused by the wounds of war was, in his opinion, better than the jail fever of a loathsome peace.

  • He had caught the jail fever, which had long raged in the Carcel de la Corte, where I was imprisoned.

    George Borrow Edward Thomas
  • The instances above quoted explain why it was this disease acquired the name of jail fever.

  • At Wells they were afflicted with the small-pox, but at Ilminster it was jail fever which fell upon the poor prisoners.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant

Word of the Day

Word Value for jail

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for jail fever