from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To generate pus; suppurate.
- intransitive v. To form an ulcer.
- intransitive v. To undergo decay; rot.
- intransitive v. To be or become an increasing source of irritation or poisoning; rankle: bitterness that festered and grew.
- intransitive v. To be subject to or exist in a condition of decline: allowed the once beautiful park to fester.
- transitive v. To infect, inflame, or corrupt.
- n. A small festering sore or ulcer; a pustule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To become septic; to become rotten.
- v. To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate.
- intransitive v. To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in intensity; to rankle.
- transitive v. To cause to fester or rankle.
- n. A small sore which becomes inflamed and discharges corrupt matter; a pustule.
- n. A festering or rankling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ulcer; a rankling sore; a small purulent tumor; more particularly, a superficial suppuration resulting from irritation of the skin, the pus being developed in vesicles of irregular figure and extent.
- n. The act of festering or rankling.
- To become a fester; generate purulent matter, as a wound; suppurate; ulcerate.
- To become corrupt; generate rottenness; rot.
- To become more and more virulent; rankle, as a feeling of resentment or hatred.
- To cause to fester: as, exposure festers a wound.
- To cause to rankle, as a feeling of resentment.
- n. Same as festue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus
- v. ripen and generate pus
Middle English festren, from festre, fistula, from Old French, from Latin fistula.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French festre, from Latin fistula (Wiktionary)