- to live in or overrun to an unwanted degree or in a troublesome manner, especially as predatory animals or vermin do: Sharks infested the coastline.
- to be numerous in, as anything undesirable or troublesome: the cares that infest the day.
- Archaic. to harass.
Origin of infest
Examples from the Web for uninfested
The country itself is the great redeeming feature of the province, and a very large portion of it is uninfested by Scotchmen.Acadia
Frederic S. Cozzens
- to inhabit or overrun in dangerously or unpleasantly large numbers
- (of parasites such as lice) to invade and live on or in (a host)
Word Origin and History for uninfested
late 15c., "to attack, assail, hurt, distress, annoy," from Middle French infester, from Latin infestare "to attack, disturb, trouble," from infestus "hostile, dangerous," originally "inexorable, not able to be handled," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + -festus "(able to be) seized." Sense of "swarm over in large numbers" first recorded c.1600. Related: Infested; infesting.
- To live as a parasite in or on tissues or organs or on the skin and its appendages.
- To inhabit or overrun in numbers large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious.