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fester

[ fes-ter ]
/ ˈfɛs tər /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to cause to rankle: Malice festered his spirit.
noun
an ulcer; a rankling sore.
a small, purulent, superficial sore.
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Origin of fester

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English festir, festre<Anglo-French, Old French festre<Latin fistulafistula (for -l->-r-cf. chapter); (v.) Middle English festryn, derivative of the noun or <Old French festrir

OTHER WORDS FROM fester

un·fes·tered, adjectiveun·fes·ter·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fester

fester
/ (ˈfɛstə) /

verb
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
noun
a small ulcer or sore containing pus

Word Origin for fester

C13: from Old French festre suppurating sore, from Latin: fistula
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Medical definitions for fester

fester
[ fĕstər ]

v.
To ulcerate.
To form pus; putrefy.
n.
An ulcer.
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