- 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 festered
It brings out the distance and doubt that festered within the proximate intimacy of the Marston family.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Erik then shows me the area where the old Jewish ghetto once festered, just northeast of the main square.Exploring the Darker Side of James Joyce’s Trieste
January 13, 2014
He has festered so long on death row and so inflated his profile that fellow inmates now call him “Pops.”The Slain Policeman's Widow in the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Speaks
November 8, 2010
And ultimately, once my alienation had festered, I could barely communicate or think.How I Lost My Mind at Princeton
May 19, 2009
It had festered like an abscess and the abscess had burst, splashing every one.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
Latterly the wound had festered, and gave him agonising pain.The Lively Poll
Her wounds stiffened and festered from imbedded shot, and she was dry and feverish.The Yellow Horde
Hal G. Evarts
It festered so deeply that she could not speak of it to Johnny's father.An Old Chester Secret
I had this grievance, and it festered and raised the whole temperature of my hate.Foe-Farrell
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- 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 festered
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.