Origin of cankered
- a gangrenous or ulcerous sore, especially in the mouth.
- a disease affecting horses' feet, usually the soles, characterized by a foul-smelling exudate.
- a defined area of diseased tissue, especially in woody stems.
- something that corrodes, corrupts, destroys, or irritates.
- Also called canker rose. British Dialect. dog rose.
- to infect with canker.
- to corrupt; destroy slowly.
- to become infected with or as if with canker.
Origin of canker
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Examples from the Web for cankered
Your mind is cankered, or you never would have used that term.Japhet in Search of a Father
This will come upon you when your heart is cankered with caste.The Hindered Hand
Sutton E. Griggs
Her fear had cankered his will and frozen his heart, and he had helped to fix her in it.The Third Window
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
But it rusted and cankered at your father's heart for years.'Oliver Twist, Illustrated
The Mormons neither need your sympathy nor your cankered gold.The Life of John Taylor
B. H. Roberts
- an ulceration, esp of the lips or lining of the oral cavity
- vet science
- a disease of horses in which the horn of the hoofs becomes soft and spongy
- an inflammation of the lining of the external ear, esp in dogs and cats, resulting in a discharge and sometimes ulceration
- ulceration or abscess of the mouth, eyelids, ears, or cloaca of birds
- an open wound in the stem of a tree or shrub, caused by injury or parasites
- something evil that spreads and corrupts
- to infect or become infected with or as if with canker
Word Origin and History for cankered
late Old English cancer "spreading ulcer, cancerous tumor," from Latin cancer "malignant tumor," literally "crab" (see cancer); influenced in Middle English by Old North French cancre "canker, sore, abscess" (Old French chancre, Modern French chancre). The word was the common one for "cancer" until c.1700. Also used since 15c. of caterpillars and insect larvae that eat plant buds and leaves. As a verb from late 14c. Related: Cankered; cankerous. Canker blossom is recorded from 1580s.
- Ulceration of the mouth and lips.
- An acute inflammation or infection of the ear and auditory canal, especially in dogs and cats.