- to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate.
- to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh.
- to putrefy or rot.
- to rankle, as a feeling of resentment.
- to cause to rankle: Malice festered his spirit.
- an ulcer; a rankling sore.
- a small, purulent, superficial sore.
Origin of fester
Examples from the Web for fester
We denied them loans, closed them off in housing projects, redlined their neighborhoods, and left them to fester.The Flaw in My Brother’s Keeper
February 28, 2014
I've tried to forget the grudges, the painful memories, the resentments I allowed to fester in my heart for so long.How 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Taught Me It's OK to Love My Hometown
April 10, 2013
But they will leave the country rudderless, the victory will be hollow, and the problems will be left to fester.Ryan Budget Plan Sounds Good But Lacks Substance
August 13, 2012
Jewish refugees were absorbed in Israel and the West; the Palestinians were left to fester in camps.Denigrating Jewish Refugees
August 9, 2012
It is this length of time during which the allegations were allowed to fester that is so puzzling.James Murdoch Lightly Grilled by Parliament on Phone Hacking
November 11, 2011
Yet his heart still seemed to fester with the venom of the dagger.Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")
I'd not ha' clinched the nail, if I saw it was goin' to fester you!Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
As for the Tartar dead, they were left to fester on the field.Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)
Undercote, or undercoat; fester under the skin (coat is "cutis," skin).Letters of Samuel Rutherford
Like the surgeon's ray on a fester, German light has played on the sore spots.Our Part in the Great War
- to form or cause to form pus
- (intr) to become rotten; decay
- to become or cause to become bitter, irritated, etc, esp over a long period of time; rankleresentment festered his imagination
- (intr) informal to be idle or inactive
- a small ulcer or sore containing pus
Word Origin and History for fester
late 14c., from Old French festre "small sore discharging pus," from Latin fistula "pipe, ulcer" (see fistula). The noun is from c.1300. Related: Festered; festering.
- To ulcerate.
- To form pus; putrefy.
- An ulcer.