- fevre (obsolete, rare)
From Middle English, from Old French fievre, reinforced by native Old English fēfor, from Latin febris (“a fever”), from ferveō (“to be hot, burn, boil”); or perhaps literally 'a trembling', akin to Greek φέβεσθαι (phébesthai, “to flee affrighted”), φόβος (phóbos, “flight, panic fear, fear, terror”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfiːvə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfiːvɚ/
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- Rhymes: -iːvə(r)
- Hyphenation: fe‧ver
fever (plural fevers)
- A higher than normal body temperature of a person (or, generally, a mammal), usually caused by disease.
- "I have a fever. I think I've caught a cold."
- (usually in combination with one or more preceding words) Any of various diseases.
- A state of excitement (of a person or people).
- an envious fever
- A group of stingrays.
- (higher than normal body temperature): high temperature, pyrexia (medical term), temperature
- (state of excitement): excitation, excitement, passion
- To put into a fever; to affect with fever.
- a fevered lip
- The white hand of a lady fever thee. — Shakespeare.