verb (used with object)
Origin of infest
Examples from the Web for infest
Another kind of mite (Glyciphagus hippopodos) is stated to infest the ulcerated feet of horses.
Though usually found in these situations they also infest the cranial sinuses.
It is said that the haddock has more than a dozen which infest its external and internal membranes.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
They feed on the vermin, and especially on the ticks, that infest these creatures; hence their name.A Camera Actress in the Wilds of Togoland|Meg Gehrts
Into my eyes put light that I may see the cowardly fears that infest our way.More Portmanteau Plays|Stuart Walker
British Dictionary definitions for infest
Word Origin for infest
Word Origin and History for infest
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.