From Middle English fever, fevere, from Old English fefer, fefor (“fever”), from Latin febris (“a fever”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʷʰ- (“to burn”). 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
- 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.
- fever in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- fever in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911