Date: 900-1000
Language: Latin
Origin: febris


Related topics: Illness and Disability
1 [uncountable and countable]MI an illness or a medical condition in which you have a very high temperature:
Andy has a fever and won't be coming into work today.
I woke up this morning with a fever and an upset stomach.
She's running a fever (=has a fever).
a high/low/slight fever
The usual symptoms are a pink rash with a slight fever.
hay fever, scarlet fever, yellow fever, glandular fever, rheumatic fever
2 [singular] a situation in which many people feel very excited or feel very strongly about something
fever of
a fever of excitement on Wall Street
election/carnival etc fever (=great interest or excitement about a particular activity or event)
Soccer fever has been sweeping the nation as they prepare for the World Cup.

(at) fever pitch

British English if people's feelings are at fever pitch, they are extremely excited:
The nation was at fever pitch in the days leading up to the election.
After a night of rioting, tensions in the city reached fever pitch.

Dictionary results for "fever"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.