WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fe•ver /ˈfivɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. 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.
  2. intense nervous excitement:[countable;  usually singular]in a fever of anticipation.
fe•ver•ish, adj. 
fe•ver•ish•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fe•ver  (fēvər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Pathologyan abnormal condition of the body, characterized by undue rise in temperature, quickening of the pulse, and disturbance of various body functions.
  2. Pathologyan abnormally high body temperature.
  3. Pathologythe number of degrees of such a temperature above the normal.
  4. Pathologyany of a group of diseases in which high temperature is a prominent symptom:scarlet fever.
  5. intense nervous excitement:The audience was in a fever of anticipation.

  1. to affect with or as with fever:The excitement fevered him.
fever•less, adj. 
  • Latin, as above
  • Latin febr- (stem of febris) fever; reinforced by Anglo-French fevre, Old French fievre
  • bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English fefer

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fe•ver•ish  (fēvər ish),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Pathologyhaving fever.
  2. pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling fever:a feverish excitement.
  3. excited, restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever.
  4. having a tendency to produce fever.
fever•ish•ly, adv. 
fever•ish•ness, n. 
  • Middle English feverisch. See fever, -ish1 1350–1400
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged frenzied, impatient, fervent, wrought-up.


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