Definitions for festerˈfɛs tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fes•terˈfɛs tər(v.i.)

  1. to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate:

    a festering wound.

    Category: Physiology

  2. to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh.

    Category: Physiology

  3. to putrefy or rot.

    Category: Physiology

  4. to rankle, as resentment or bitterness:

    The desire for revenge festered in her heart.

  5. (v.t.)to cause to rankle:

    envy festering the spirit.

  6. (n.)an ulcer; a rankling sore.

    Category: Physiology

Origin of fester:

1350–1400; ME < AF, OF festre < L fistulafistula

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fester, suppurating sore(verb)

    a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus

  2. fester, maturate, suppurate(verb)

    ripen and generate pus

    "her wounds are festering"


  1. fester(Verb)

    To become septic; to become rotten.

  2. fester(Verb)

    To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.

    Deal with the problem immediately; do not let it fester.

  3. Origin: From festre, from fistula

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fester(noun)

    to generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a sore or a wound festers

  2. Fester(noun)

    to be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in intensity; to rankle

  3. Fester(verb)

    to cause to fester or rankle

  4. Fester(noun)

    a small sore which becomes inflamed and discharges corrupt matter; a pustule

  5. Fester(noun)

    a festering or rankling

Anagrams of fester

  1. freest

Translations for fester

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of an open injury eg a cut or sore) to become infected

The wound began to fester.

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