Meaning of FEVER in English


/ ˈfiːvə(r); NAmE / noun


[ C , U ] a medical condition in which a person has a temperature that is higher than normal :

He has a high fever.

Aspirin should help reduce the fever.

—compare temperature


[ C , U ] ( old-fashioned ) (used mainly in compounds) a particular type of disease in which sb has a high temperature :

She caught a fever on her travels in Africa, and died.

—see also glandular fever , hay fever , rheumatic fever , scarlet fever , yellow fever


[ sing. ] fever (of sth) a state of nervous excitement :

He waited for her arrival in a fever of impatience.


[ U ] (especially in compounds) great interest or excitement about sth :

election fever



Old English fēfor , from Latin febris ; reinforced in Middle English by Old French fievre , also from febris .

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