Definition of dengue in English:


(also dengue fever)


mass noun
  • A debilitating viral disease of the tropics, transmitted by mosquitoes, and causing sudden fever and acute pains in the joints.

    • ‘The role of global environmental change on diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and cholera has been well documented.’
    • ‘Diseases like malaria, dengue fever and cholera can spread quickly especially in temperatures over 30 degrees.’
    • ‘Dengue fever can cause encephalitis as well, but the more serious illness is dengue haemorrhagic fever, " Tsang said.’
    • ‘Combined with a shortage of food and medicine these conditions create the potential for epidemics of cholera, malaria, dengue fever and diarrhoea.’
    • ‘The country has made headlines lately with the resurgence of preventable diseases such as plague, malaria, dengue fever and tuberculosis.’
    • ‘The aim of disease carrier control is to minimise the transmission of malaria, dengue fever and any other communicable disease spread by insects.’
    • ‘Standing water from the flooding can attract mosquitoes, spawning outbreaks of malaria and dengue fever.’
    • ‘Infections like dengue and malaria, therefore, proliferate solely where environmental conditions are suitable.’
    • ‘The people who are most vociferous in this debate are simply not familiar with the epidemiology of diseases like malaria and dengue.’
    • ‘Across the island, public hospitals are overcrowded with patients suffering from dengue and other viral fevers.’
    • ‘Common scourges found in the desert include plague, typhus, malaria, dengue fever, dysentery, cholera, and typhoid.’
    • ‘Mosquito borne diseases, such as dengue fever and encephalitis, are generally more influenced by ambient conditions than diseases passed directly from human to human.’
    • ‘From being a sporadic illness, epidemics of dengue have now become a regular occurrence worldwide.’
    • ‘Rain pits can lead to spreading of diseases such as dengue fever and malaria.’
    • ‘The troops suffered from malaria, dengue fever, beriberi, hookworm and pellagra.’
    • ‘Malaria and dengue carrying mosquitoes are everywhere.’
    • ‘He urged the government to do more prevention work before a serious outbreak of diseases such as dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis occurs.’
    • ‘Also, you have to look into diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and typhoid.’
    • ‘Health and education facilities are minimal and diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and tuberculosis are common.’
    • ‘Dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever is a viral disease carried by mosquitoes.’


Early 19th century: from West Indian Spanish, from Kiswahili dinga (in full kidingapopo), influenced by Spanish dengue ‘fastidiousness’ (with reference to the dislike of movement by affected patients).