blister

[blis-ter]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form or rise as a blister or blisters; become blistered.

Origin of blister

1250–1300; Middle English blister, blester < Old Norse blǣstri, dative of blāstr swelling. See blast, blow2
Related formsre·blis·ter, verbun·blis·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blister

blister

noun

a small bubble-like elevation of the skin filled with serum, produced as a reaction to a burn, mechanical irritation, etc
a swelling containing air or liquid, as on a painted surface
a transparent dome or any bulge on the fuselage of an aircraft, such as one used for observation
slang an irritating person
NZ slang a rebuke

verb

to have or cause to have blisters
(tr) to attack verbally with great scorn or sarcasm
Derived Formsblistered, adjectiveblistery, adjective

Word Origin for blister

C13: from Old French blestre, probably from Middle Dutch bluyster blister; see blast
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Word Origin and History for blister
n.

c.1300, perhaps via Old French blestre "blister, lump, bump," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse blastr "a blowing," dative blæstri "swelling"), or from Middle Dutch blyster "swelling;" perhaps from PIE *bhlei- "to blow, swell," extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.

v.

"to become covered in blisters," late 15c.; "to raise blisters on," 1540s, from blister (n.). Related: Blistered; blistering.

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Medicine definitions for blister

blister

[blĭstər]

n.

A local swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid and is caused by burning, infection, or irritation.
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