- When food is left out in the sun for days to rot, this is an example of a time when the food festers.
- When you have a problem with a friend and never talk it out but just get madder and madder, this is an example of a time when the problem festers.
To fester is defined as to become worse, to become infected or to rot.
a small sore filled with pus; pustule
Origin of festerMiddle English festre from Old French from Classical Latin fistula: see fistula
- to form pus; ulcerate
- to grow embittered; rankle
- to grow or increase in virulence
- to decay
Origin of festerME festren < the n.
- to cause the formation of pus in
- to cause to rankle; embitter
verbfes·tered, fes·ter·ing, fes·ters
- To generate pus; suppurate.
- To form an ulcer.
- To undergo decay; rot.
- a. To be or become an increasing source of irritation or poisoning; rankle: bitterness that festered and grew.b. To be subject to or exist in a condition of decline: allowed the once beautiful park to fester.
To infect, inflame, or corrupt.
A small festering sore or ulcer; a pustule.
Origin of festerMiddle English festren from festre fistula from Old French from Latin fistula
(third-person singular simple present festers, present participle festering, simple past and past participle festered)