What does feverish mean?

Definitions for feverish
ˈfi vər ɪʃfever·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feverish, hecticadjective

    marked by intense agitation or emotion

    "worked at a feverish pace"

  2. febrile, feverishadjective

    of or relating to or characterized by fever

    "a febrile reaction caused by an allergen"

  3. feverish, feverousadjective

    having or affected by a fever


  1. feverishadjective

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

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

  2. feverishadjective

    filled with excess energy.

    He worked with feverish excitement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Feverishadjective

    Etymology: from fever.

    To other climates beasts and birds retire,
    And feverish nature burns in her own fire. Thomas Creech.

    When an animal that gives suck turns feverish, that is, its juices more alkaline, the milk turns from its native genuine whiteness to yellow. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    A feverish disorder disabled me. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.

    We toss and turn about our feverish will,
    When all our ease must come by lying still;
    For all the happiness mankind can gain,
    Is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    And now four days the sun had seen our woes,
    Four nights the moon beheld th’ incessant fire;
    It seem’d as if the stars more sickly rose,
    And farther from the feverish North retire. John Dryden, Ann. Mir.


  1. feverish

    Fever, also referred to as pyrexia, is defined as having a temperature above the normal range due to an increase in the body's temperature set point. There is not a single agreed-upon upper limit for normal temperature with sources using values between 37.2 and 38.3 °C (99.0 and 100.9 °F) in humans. The increase in set point triggers increased muscle contractions and causes a feeling of cold or chills. This results in greater heat production and efforts to conserve heat. When the set point temperature returns to normal, a person feels hot, becomes flushed, and may begin to sweat. Rarely a fever may trigger a febrile seizure, with this being more common in young children. Fevers do not typically go higher than 41 to 42 °C (106 to 108 °F).A fever can be caused by many medical conditions ranging from non-serious to life-threatening. This includes viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections—such as influenza, the common cold, meningitis, urinary tract infections, appendicitis, Lassa, COVID-19, and malaria. Non-infectious causes include vasculitis, deep vein thrombosis, connective tissue disease, side effects of medication or vaccination, and cancer. It differs from hyperthermia, in that hyperthermia is an increase in body temperature over the temperature set point, due to either too much heat production or not enough heat loss.Treatment to reduce fever is generally not required. Treatment of associated pain and inflammation, however, may be useful and help a person rest. Medications such as ibuprofen or paracetamol (acetaminophen) may help with this as well as lower temperature. Children younger than three months require medical attention, as might people with serious medical problems such as a compromised immune system or people with other symptoms. Hyperthermia requires treatment.Fever is one of the most common medical signs. It is part of about 30% of healthcare visits by children and occurs in up to 75% of adults who are seriously sick. While fever evolved as a defense mechanism, treating a fever does not appear to improve or worsen outcomes. Fever is often viewed with greater concern by parents and healthcare professionals than is usually deserved, a phenomenon known as fever phobia.


  1. feverish

    Feverish refers to having or showing the symptoms of a fever, including an abnormally high body temperature, often caused by infection or illness. It can also describe a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence, reflecting the heightened energy or intensity often associated with a fever.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feverishadjective

    having a fever; suffering from, or affected with, a moderate degree of fever; showing increased heat and thirst; as, the patient is feverish

  2. Feverishadjective

    indicating, or pertaining to, fever; characteristic of a fever; as, feverish symptoms

  3. Feverishadjective

    hot; sultry

  4. Feverishadjective

    disordered as by fever; excited; restless; as, the feverish condition of the commercial world

Rap Dictionary

  1. feverish

    feverish means sickish sickish means goodish and you get the point

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feverish in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feverish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of feverish in a Sentence

  1. Nikola Tesla:

    If he [Thomas Edison] had a needle to find in a haystack, he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … Just a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.

  2. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:

    Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility.

  3. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Epistle Dedicatory:

    This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

  4. The Hitopadesa:

    A feverish display of over-zeal, At the first outset, is an obstacle To all success; water, however cold, Will penetrate the ground by slow degrees.

  5. Tim Cook:

    In the long term, Im extremely bullish. I think the key to the economy, unlocking its potential has always been innovation, and when I travel around the world, Ive never seen innovation at a more feverish pace than I do today, so Im extremely optimistic.

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