How to express that you caught fever -

  1. I have got fever so we won't meet today
  2. I caught fever
  3. I am having fever
  4. I am suffering from fever
  5. I am feverish
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    You could just say 'I have a fever'.
    – Void
    Mar 30, 2021 at 14:50
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    Generally speaking, a "fever" is a symptom of some disease that you might "catch" (if you caught Covid, for example, you might be suffering from a fever). In your context, assuming you don't want to go into details about the specific disease that's making you feel bad, the most common way of phrasing it would probably be I'm feeling feverish, so we won't meet today. Or perhaps I have a touch of fever... Mar 30, 2021 at 14:53
  • Personally though, I'm not sure many people would want to go into detail about the exact nature of their "indisposition" when excusing themselves from going to work or a business meeting, as seems to be the context here. I'd probably just say I'm feeling a bit under the weather, so I won't be coming in to work today. And I'd resent the boss asking me to give further details as to exactly what my symptoms were (it's none of his business if I've got a bad case of "the runs" from last night's curry! :) Mar 30, 2021 at 14:59
  • @FumbleFingers When I was working, if you 'phoned in sick' you were required to state the nature of the indisposition! Mar 30, 2021 at 18:55
  • @KateBunting: Even if it was a bad case of pmt? Mar 31, 2021 at 11:23

2 Answers 2


Here the most simple is best:

I have a fever.

You could have "have got" or "suffering from". These are correct, but in this case simple is the best way. In the context you give, details are not really needed. Moreover "have" is normally preferred to "have got", "be having" is often a mistake, except in idioms, and "suffering from" is implied (nobody enjoys a fever!)


If you are just feverish: I have (got/caught) a fever.
If you know what fever you have got/caught, e.g.: I have caught Rheumatic fever.
or, if others are already suffering from it: I have got/caught the fever.
Alternatively, I am suffering from a/the fever.
If you just have a high temperature: I am feverish.

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