- 1An abnormally high body temperature, usually accompanied by shivering, headache, and in severe instances, delirium: she had a slight fever [mass noun]: quinine was used to reduce malarial feverMore example sentences
- Initial signs and symptoms are generalized malaise, chills, fevers, headaches, arthralgias, and a nonproductive cough.
- A person with glandular fever is most infectious when they have a fever (high temperature).
- Call your doctor if your child also gets a fever, diarrhea, headache, or skin rash.
- 1.1A state of nervous excitement or agitation: I was mystified, and in a fever of expectationMore example sentences
- When the girls had left, Zara turned to Paz in a fever of agitation.
- Why then, last November, did I find Georgians in such a fever of expectation?
- He shifted in his sleep, his eyes fluttering in the fever of a dream.
- 1.2 [mass noun, with modifier] The excitement felt by a group of people about a particular public event: election fever reaches its climax tomorrowMore example sentences
- As election fever mounts, parties are going after one another in wars of words, and lawsuits and counter charges are flying about.
- As election fever heats up, both sides are calling their supporters onto the streets.
- First day of Spring and Sydney catches mainstream federal election fever via sidelines.
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- Bring about a high body temperature or a state of nervous excitement in: a heart which sin has feveredMore example sentences
- But like boils that erupt at separate places on the skin, they are fevered into being by one invisible short-circuited wiring in the body politic beneath.
- Not since the Pilgrim Fathers boarded a cruise ship for new lives in the redskin-ridden plains of America has such wanderlust fevered the British brain.
Old English fēfor, from Latin febris; reinforced in Middle English by Old French fievre, also from febris.