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feverish

[fee-ver-ish] /ˈfi vər ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
having 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.
Origin of feverish
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, feverish is from the Middle English word feverisch. See fever, -ish1
Related forms
feverishly, adverb
feverishness, noun
nonfeverish, adjective
nonfeverishly, adverb
nonfeverishness, noun
pseudofeverish, adjective
pseudofeverishly, adverb
unfeverish, adjective
Can be confused
fervent, fever, feverish.
Synonyms
3. frenzied, impatient, fervent, wrought-up.
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  • "No, I ain't nervous," Garson cried, with a feverish effort to appear calm.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His appearance might have been the effect of a feverish cold.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • For there she would feel no need of feverish action to pass the time.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Sophy was unwell, was feverish; the scarlet fever had been in the neighbourhood.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She did not eat; she did not drink; she looked haggard and feverish.

British Dictionary definitions for feverish

feverish

/ˈfiːvərɪʃ/
adjective
1.
suffering from fever, esp a slight fever
2.
in a state of restless excitement
3.
of, relating to, caused by, or causing fever
Derived Forms
feverishly, feverously, adverb
feverishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for feverish
adj.

late 14c., "causing fever;" 1630s, "excited;" 1640s, "having symptoms of fever," from fever + -ish. Earlier in same sense was feverous (late 14c.). Related: Feverishly; feverishness.

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feverish in Medicine

feverish fe·ver·ish (fē'vər-ĭsh)
adj.

  1. Having a fever.

  2. Relating to or resembling a fever.

  3. Causing or tending to cause a fever.

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