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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fee-bruh l, feb-ruh l or, esp. British, fee-brahyl]
    • /ˈfi brəl, ˈfɛb rəl or, esp. British, ˈfi braɪl/
    • /ˈfiː.braɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fee-bruh l, feb-ruh l or, esp. British, fee-brahyl]
    • /ˈfi brəl, ˈfɛb rəl or, esp. British, ˈfi braɪl/

Definitions of febrile word

  • adjective febrile pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish. 1
  • noun febrile Having or showing the symptoms of a fever. 1
  • abbreviation FEBRILE feverish 1
  • adjective febrile relating to fever 1
  • adjective febrile Febrile behaviour is intensely and nervously active. 0
  • adjective febrile of or relating to fever; feverish 0

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Origin of febrile

First appearance:

before 1645
One of the 44% oldest English words
1645-55; < New Latin, Medieval Latin febrīlis. See fever, -ile

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Parts of speech for Febrile


febrile popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for febrile

adj febrile

  • delirious — Someone who is delirious is unable to think or speak in a sensible and reasonable way, usually because they are very ill and have a fever.
  • fiery — consisting of, attended with, characterized by, or containing fire: a volcano's fiery discharge.
  • flushed — a flushed bird or flock of birds.
  • hot — having or giving off heat; having a high temperature: a hot fire; hot coffee.
  • inflamed — to kindle or excite (passions, desires, etc.).

adjective febrile

Antonyms for febrile

adj febrile

  • freezing — (of temperatures) approaching, at, or below the freezing point.
  • cold — Something that is cold has a very low temperature or a lower temperature than is normal or acceptable.
  • frigid — very cold in temperature: a frigid climate.

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