What does fester mean?

Definitions for festerˈfɛs tər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fester.

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

  6. Origin: [OF. festre, L. fistula a sort of ulcer. Cf. Fistula.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fester

    fes′tėr, v.i. to become corrupt or malignant: to suppurate.—v.t. to cause to fester or rankle.—n. a wound discharging corrupt matter. [O. Fr. festre—L. fistula, an ulcer.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fester in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fester in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Ing:

    But those issues still fester.

  2. Jessamyn West:

    A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.

  3. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    When suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester it can erupt into unrest.

  4. Morticia Addams - from the Addams Family movie:

    We gladly feast on those who would subdue us ... not just pretty words, Fester.

  5. Bradley Birkenfeld:

    If you don't fix a problem, it will fester, and this is exactly what we have now.

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