verb (used without object), mat·ter·at·ed, mat·ter·at·ing. New England, Upstate New York, and Southern U.S..

to fester; suppurate.

Nearby words

  1. matter of record,
  2. matter wave,
  3. matter waves,
  4. matter-of-course,
  5. matter-of-fact,
  6. matterhorn,
  7. matterless,
  8. matters,
  9. mattery,
  10. matteson

Origin of matterate

perhaps by folk etymology from maturate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019