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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fe•ver /ˈfivɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Pathologyan abnormally high body temperature: [uncountable]Fever and chills are often symptoms of the flu.[countable]I was worried because she had a high fever.
- intense nervous excitement:[countable; usually singular]in a fever of anticipation.
(fē′vər),USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Pathologyan abnormal condition of the body, characterized by undue rise in temperature, quickening of the pulse, and disturbance of various body functions.
- Pathologyan abnormally high body temperature.
- Pathologythe number of degrees of such a temperature above the normal.
- Pathologyany of a group of diseases in which high temperature is a prominent symptom:scarlet fever.
- intense nervous excitement:The audience was in a fever of anticipation.
- to affect with or as with fever:The excitement fevered him.
- Latin, as above
- Latin febr- (stem of febris) fever; reinforced by Anglo-French fevre, Old French fievre
- bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English fefer
(fē′vər ish),USA pronunciation adj.
- Pathologyhaving 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.
- Middle English feverisch. See fever, -ish1 1350–1400
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged frenzied, impatient, fervent, wrought-up.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
feverish /ˈfiːvərɪʃ/, feverous adj
ˈfeverishly, ˈfeverously adv
- suffering from fever, esp a slight fever
- in a state of restless excitement
- of, relating to, caused by, or causing fever