1) ADJ-GRADED Feverish activity is done extremely quickly, often in a state of nervousness or excitement because you want to finish it as soon as possible.

Hours of feverish activity lay ahead. The tents had to be erected, the stalls set up.

Derived words:
feverishly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

City workers and volunteers are working feverishly to remove the heavy snow from the roofs of homes.

2) ADJ: ADJ n Feverish emotion is characterized by extreme nervousness or excitement.

He will be attending next week's American Grammy Awards in feverish anticipation.

...a state of feverish excitement.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you are feverish, you are suffering from a fever.

A feverish child refuses to eat and asks only for cold drinks...

She looked feverish, her eyes glistened.

Derived words:
feverishly ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj

He slept feverishly all afternoon and into the night.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • feverish — adjective 1 suffering from a fever: feeling feverish | Her cheeks looked hot and feverish. 2 very excited or worried about something: They waited in a state of feverish anxiety for their mother to come home. | feverish activity/preparations/haste …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • feverish — fe|ver|ish [ˈfi:vərıʃ] adj 1.) suffering from a fever ▪ She lay in bed, too feverish to sleep. ▪ There was a feverish blush to his cheeks. 2.) very excited or worried about something ▪ They waited in a state of feverish anxiety for their mother… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • feverish — fe|ver|ish [ fiv(ə)rıʃ ] adjective 1. ) affected by fever: I feel feverish. feverish dreams 2. ) extremely excited: There was a lot of feverish activity backstage. ╾ fe|ver|ish|ly adverb ╾ fe|ver|ish|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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