[ blis-ter-ing ]
/ ˈblɪs tər ɪŋ /


causing a blister or blisters.
(especially of sunlight, heat, etc.) very severe or intense.
very fast or rapid: a blistering pace.


the act or an instance of forming a blister or blisters.
a series or group of blisters, as on a painted surface.

Nearby words

  1. blister copper,
  2. blister gas,
  3. blister pack,
  4. blister rust,
  5. blister steel,
  6. blisteringly,
  7. blistery,
  8. blit,
  9. blite,
  10. blithe

Origin of blistering

First recorded in 1555–65; blister + -ing2

Related formsblis·ter·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blisteringly

  • A dozen feminine voices caught up the phrase and dropped it blisteringly.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Lots of people got blisteringly rich off of New Work, but not you.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for blisteringly


/ (ˈblɪstərɪŋ, -trɪŋ) /


(of weather) extremely hot
(of criticism) extremely harsh
Derived Formsblisteringly, adverb

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Medicine definitions for blisteringly


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