Definition of feverish in US English:



  • 1Having or showing the symptoms of a fever.

    ‘he suffered from feverish colds’
    • ‘Two days later, feeling feverish, she went to them and he could tell she was struggling to maintain her composure.’
    • ‘One year ago today, I was lying in the hospital, aching and feverish, nurses unable to start an IV on me.’
    • ‘A couple of days after arriving I came down with a slight feverish head cold.’
    • ‘If the patient is in severe pain or is feverish antimicrobials such as metronidazole 200 mg thrice daily for up to five days may be indicated.’
    • ‘Throughout this period she had been intermittently feverish, anorexic and very much not herself.’
    • ‘The onset of flu is characterised by feverish shakings and temperature swings.’
    • ‘He wished for a doctor, a sterile hospital bed, a cool hand on his feverish forehead.’
    • ‘it's enough to send you spiralling into a cold, feverish sweat.’
    • ‘Wear clothes or pajamas suited to the indoor temperature, even when your child is feverish or has the chills.’
    • ‘You may feel feverish and the pain may move to the lower right part of the abdomen as inflammation spreads.’
    • ‘The prodrome may include malaise, chills, a feverish feeling, anorexia and irritability.’
    • ‘However, these symptoms may be absent and children may simply become feverish, drowsy and listless.’
    • ‘The vague headache began some time during Friday, but, by evening surgery, I felt decidedly feverish and unwell.’
    • ‘These patients were given hygiene advice and told to return if they became feverish.’
    • ‘In the emergency department the man seemed comfortable at rest but was feverish with a temperature of 37.2°C.’
    • ‘On examination, he was feverish with generalised lymphadenopathy and widespread crusting papulopustular lesions.’
    • ‘On the day after their return to Britain, I was asked to see them because both were feverish and unwell.’
    • ‘If you feel sick or feverish, take your temperature as instructed by your doctor or nurse.’
    • ‘Belladonna is given to people who are feverish and have a sudden throbbing headache.’
    • ‘Some children may become feverish, develop a rash or lose their appetite up to ten days after the injection.’
    febrile, fevered, with a high temperature, hot, burning, sweating
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    1. 1.1 Displaying a frenetic excitement or energy.
      ‘the next couple of weeks were spent in a whirl of feverish activity’
      • ‘However, after some feverish activity, Volkswagen is readying its entrant and it should be on show at Frankfurt next autumn.’
      • ‘Last night saw some feverish activity preparing the basic brine to make bacon with the belly pork, and finding a suitable vessel in which to do the curing.’
      • ‘For the past week, hundreds of lorries and workmen have passed through the castle gates as feverish activity went on inside the grounds.’
      • ‘The city of Mumbai remains in a feverish pitch of excitement throughout this period.’
      • ‘An outbreak of feverish media coverage has been unleashed upon the United States.’
      • ‘Never in its history had that little school seen such feverish activity.’
      • ‘Nyna felt absolutely feverish with energy as she grasped the controls of the ship.’
      • ‘During this time of feverish activity, the life of the trifolau, dialect for truffle hunter, is a hard one.’
      • ‘Our choir leader, Roz, broke the news, sending a shock wave of feverish excitement around the Scout hut where we practise.’
      • ‘Finally came the time of machines, and rhythms of life became increasingly feverish and frantic.’
      • ‘This is in stark contrast to the feverish construction activity at the two sites only a few weeks ago.’
      • ‘Three years ago my father, Morgan Johnson, called me up cell phone to cell phone, in a state of feverish agitation.’
      • ‘It is more than telling that a well-nigh feverish and frenetic cult of the personality is at the core of this powerful display.’
      • ‘Rakovski moved on to Romania, where he continued his feverish journalistic and revolutionary activities.’
      • ‘Off they drive, Nic still with an excited, feverish grin on his face.’
      • ‘And when Ronaldo drove home, not once, but twice, the excitement reached a feverish pitch.’
      • ‘Search as you may, you can find no evidence of all that feverish activity, but you know it's here.’
      • ‘The club was placed into administrative receivership after a day of feverish activity at Kenilworth Road.’
      • ‘One evening he was sitting puzzling over a problem, talking to himself and becoming more and more feverish and restless.’
      • ‘Each passing year's is usually billed with feverish excitement as ‘the most important of his political life’.’
      frenzied, frenetic, hectic, agitated, excited, restless, nervous, worked up, overwrought, frantic, furious, distracted, hysterical, wild, manic, maniacal, like one possessed
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