feverish

a) In the state of having a fever, to have an elevated body temperature.

The illness made him feverish, so they applied cold compresses.

b) filled with excess energy.

He worked with feverish excitement.


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  • Feverish — Fe ver*ish, a. 1. Having a fever; suffering from, or affected with, a moderate degree of fever; showing increased heat and thirst; as, the patient is feverish. [1913 Webster] 2. Indicating, or pertaining to, fever; characteristic of a fever; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feverish — [adj1] having a high temperature above normal*, aguey, burning, burning up*, febrile, fevered, fiery, flushed, having the shakes*, hectic, hot, inflamed, on fire, pyretic, running a temperature*; concept 605 Ant. chilled, chilly, cold, freezing … …   New thesaurus

  • feverish — index demonstrative (expressive of emotion), frenetic, hot blooded, rapid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • feverish — (adj.) late 14c., causing fever; 1630s, excited; 1640s, having symptoms of fever, from FEVER (Cf. fever) + ISH (Cf. ish). Earlier in same sense was feverous (late 14c.). Related: Feverishly; feverishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • feverish — [fē′vər ish΄] adj. 1. having fever, esp. slight fever 2. of, like, or caused by fever 3. causing fever 4. greatly excited or agitated: Also feverous feverishly adv. feverishness n …   English World dictionary

  • feverish — [[t]fi͟ːvərɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Feverish activity is done extremely quickly, often in a state of nervousness or excitement because you want to finish it as soon as possible. Hours of feverish activity lay ahead. The tents had to be erected, the… …   English dictionary

  • feverish — adjective 1 suffering from a fever: feeling feverish | Her cheeks looked hot and feverish. 2 very excited or worried about something: They waited in a state of feverish anxiety for their mother to come home. | feverish activity/preparations/haste …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • feverish — 1. SYN: febrile. 2. Having a fever. * * * fe·ver·ish fēv (ə )rish adj 1) showing symptoms indicating fever (as increased heat and thirst or delirium): having a fever <the patient is feverish> specif abnormally hot <the child s forehead… …   Medical dictionary

  • feverish — fe|ver|ish [ˈfi:vərıʃ] adj 1.) suffering from a fever ▪ She lay in bed, too feverish to sleep. ▪ There was a feverish blush to his cheeks. 2.) very excited or worried about something ▪ They waited in a state of feverish anxiety for their mother… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • feverish — fe|ver|ish [ fiv(ə)rıʃ ] adjective 1. ) affected by fever: I feel feverish. feverish dreams 2. ) extremely excited: There was a lot of feverish activity backstage. ╾ fe|ver|ish|ly adverb ╾ fe|ver|ish|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • feverish — UK [ˈfiːvərɪʃ] / US [ˈfɪv(ə)rɪʃ] adjective 1) affected by fever I feel feverish. feverish dreams 2) extremely excited There was a lot of feverish activity backstage. Derived words: feverishly adverb feverishness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

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