Definition of febrile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfiːbraɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːbraɪl//
    , also NAmE//ˈfebraɪl//
    Excitement, Nervous
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  1. 1(formal) nervous, excited and very active a product of her febrile imagination See related entries: Excitement, Nervous
  2. 2(medical) (of an illness) caused by fever
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French fébrile or medieval Latin febrilis, from Latin febris ‘fever’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: febrile