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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fes-ter]
    • /ˈfɛs tər/
    • /ˈfes.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fes-ter]
    • /ˈfɛs tər/

Definitions of fester word

  • verb without object fester to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate. 1
  • verb without object fester to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh. 1
  • verb without object fester to putrefy or rot. 1
  • verb without object fester to rankle, as a feeling of resentment. 1
  • verb with object fester to cause to rankle: Malice festered his spirit. 1
  • noun fester an ulcer; a rankling sore. 1

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Origin of fester

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; (noun) Middle English festir, festre < Anglo-French, Old French festre < Latin fistula fistula (for -l- > -r- cf. chapter); (v.) Middle English festryn, derivative of the noun or < Old French festrir

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Parts of speech for Fester


fester popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

fester usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fester

verb fester

  • smolder — to burn without flame; undergo slow or suppressed combustion.
  • blister — A blister is a painful swelling on the surface of your skin. Blisters contain a clear liquid and are usually caused by heat or by something repeatedly rubbing your skin.
  • chafe — If your skin chafes or is chafed by something, it becomes sore as a result of something rubbing against it.
  • aggravate — If someone or something aggravates a situation, they make it worse.
  • decay — When something such as a dead body, a dead plant, or a tooth decays, it is gradually destroyed by a natural process.

noun fester

  • ulceration — to form an ulcer; become ulcerous: His skin ulcerated after exposure to radioactive material.
  • pustule — Pathology. a small elevation of the skin containing pus.

Antonyms for fester

verb fester

  • improve — to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health.
  • grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  • delight — Delight is a feeling of very great pleasure.
  • heal — to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.
  • lessen — to become less.

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