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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 in a sentence

  1. <pus oozed out of the fester>



Origin and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fester

festered

festering

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 in a sentence

  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.



Did You Know?

Fester first entered English as a noun in the early 14th century. It was originally used as we now use the word fistula, for an abnormal passage leading from an abscess or hollow organ and permitting passage of fluids or secretions. It later came to refer to a sore that discharges pus. The connection between "fester" and "fistula" is no accident - both descend from Latin fistula, which has the same meaning as the English word but can also mean "pipe" or "tube" or "a kind of ulcer." "Fester" made the trip from Latin to English by way of Anglo-French. By the end of the 14th century, it was also being used as a verb meaning "to generate pus," a use that has since developed extended senses implying a worsening state.

14th Century

First Known Use of fester

14th century


FESTER Defined for Kids

fester

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verb fes·ter \ˈfe-stər\

Definition of fester for Students

festered

festering

  1. :  to become painfully red and sore and usually full of pus <The wound festered.>




Medical Dictionary

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fester

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noun fes·ter \ˈfes-tər\

Medical Definition of fester

  1. :  a suppurating sore :  pustule




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fester

intransitive verb fes·ter

Medical Definition of fester

festered

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festering

\-t(ə-)riŋ\play
  1. :  to generate pus





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