Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
 
Lookup History
contagious

con·ta·gious

contagious

 
 
pronunciation:
kn teI js
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Explorer
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: capable of being spread from person to person by contact or association.
Measles is a contagious disease.The infection is highly contagious.
synonyms:
communicable, infectious, transmissible, transmittable
similar words:
catching, epidemic, pandemic, pestilential, transferable
definition 2: carrying or capable of spreading a disease.
The sick child is contagious and shouldn't be in school.
similar words:
leprous, rabid, sick
definition 3: spreading easily and rapidly from person to person.
The fear was contagious and swept through the village.The joke wasn't that funny but all the children were soon overcome with contagious laughter.
synonyms:
infectious
similar words:
catching, epidemic
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivations: contagiously (adv.), contagiousness (n.)
Word Explorer
See
  disease