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fester

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noun fes·ter \ˈfes-tər\

Definition of fester

  1. :  a suppurating sore :  pustule



Examples of fester

  1. <pus oozed out of the fester>



Origin of fester

Middle English, from Anglo-French festre, from Latin fistula pipe, fistulous ulcer


First Known Use: 14th century


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fester

verb fes·ter

Simple Definition of fester

  • : to become painful and infected

  • : to become worse as time passes

Full Definition of fester

fes·teredfes·ter·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to generate pus

  3. 2 :  putrefy, rot

  4. 3 a :  to cause increasing poisoning, irritation, or bitterness :  rankle <dissent festered unchecked> b :  to undergo or exist in a state of progressive deterioration <allowed slums to fester>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to make inflamed or corrupt

Examples of fester

  1. His wounds festered for days before he got medical attention.

  2. His feelings of resentment have festered for years.

  3. We should deal with these problems now instead of allowing them to fester.



14th Century

First Known Use of fester

14th century



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