- an abnormal condition of the body, characterized by undue rise in temperature, quickening of the pulse, and disturbance of various body functions.
- an abnormally high body temperature.
- the number of degrees of such a temperature above the normal.
- any 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.
Origin of fever
Examples from the Web for fevered
By then, dripping with fevered sweat, she would have been inarguably contagious.Ebola in Europe: What Went Wrong
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 8, 2014
All but in the fevered dreams of power mad politicians and their deluded followers is a world without immigration possible.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
August 16, 2014
Since then, his fundraising, driven in the heat of the moment by fevered anti-government activists, has “dropped sharply.”Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues
April 21, 2014
Your cubicle mates pouring over their brackets with all of the serious intent and fevered diligence of Talmudic scholars.It’s Time to Rip the Money Out of the NCAA
April 1, 2014
Aesthetically, “Why We Fight” perfectly recalls the fevered early years of AIDS activism.Finally, an Accurate Look Back at AIDS Activism in ‘Why We Fight’
December 15, 2013
She roused every fevered nerve to do battle with the strong man for his son.Weighed and Wanting
For months I was mad, fevered, delirious, and yet I could not die.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
He had just supped, with but an indifferent appetite, so fevered was he by the events of his landing.Mistress Wilding
Would it, perchance, be of a lady that I talked in my fevered wanderings?The Lion's Skin
It was, in fact, a fevered delirium, often a veritable nightmare.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- an abnormally high body temperature, accompanied by a fast pulse rate, dry skin, etcRelated adjectives: febrile, pyretic
- any of various diseases, such as yellow fever or scarlet fever, characterized by a high temperature
- intense nervous excitement or agitationshe was in a fever about her party
- (tr) to affect with or as if with fever
Word Origin and History for fevered
late Old English fefor, fefer "fever," from Latin febris "fever," related to fovere "to warm, heat," probably from PIE root *dhegh- "burn" (cf. Gothic dags, Old English dæg "day," originally "the heat"); but some suggest a reduplication of a root represented by Sanskrit *bhur- "to be restless."
Adopted into most Germanic languages (cf. German Fieber, Swedish feber, Danish feber), but not in Dutch. English spelling influenced by Old French fievre. Replaced Old English hriðing. Extended sense of "intense nervous excitement" is from 1580s.
- A serious, often fatal complication of falciparum malaria, characterized by the passage of bloody, dark red, or black urine.
- A body temperature that is higher than normal. Fever is the body's natural response to the release of substances called pyrogens by infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. The pyrogens stimulate the hypothalamus in the brain to conserve heat and increase the basal metabolic rate.