From Middle English fever, fevere, from Old English fefer, fefor (“fever”), from Latin febris (“a fever”), from ferveō (“to be hot, burn, boil”); or perhaps literally 'a trembling', akin to Ancient Greek φέβομαι (phébomai, “to flee in terror”), φόβος (phóbos, “flight, panic fear, fear, terror”). Replaced native Old English hriþ (“fever”). Compare also Saterland Frisian Fiewer, German Fieber, Danish feber, Swedish feber.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfiːvə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfivɚ/
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- Rhymes: -iːvə(ɹ)
- 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 the flu."
- (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.