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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Fes"ter
  1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a sore or a wound festers ."Wounds immedicable Rankle, and fester, and gangrene." [Milton.]"Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and smart, but it is treachery that makes it fester." [South.]"Hatred . . . festered in the hearts of the children of the soil." [Macaulay.]
  2. To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in intensity; to rankle.

Etymology: OE. festern, fr. fester (n.); or fr. OF. festrir, fr. festre (n.) See Fester (n.)

verb Fes`ter
To cause to fester or rankle.
noun Fes"ter
  1. A small sore which becomes inflamed and discharges corrupt matter; a pustule.
  2. A festering or rankling."The fester of the chain their necks." [I. Taylor.]

Etymology: OF. festre, L. fistula a sort of ulcer. Cf. Fistula

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A sore that has become inflamed and formed pus
  2. Ripen and generate pus ("her wounds are festering")

From Old French festre, from Latin fistula

fester was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Norwegian Bokmål, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Fester

Uncle Fester is a fictional character. Uncle is also known as None.


Richard Fester was a historian, writer, and university professor. Richard was born on September 20th, 1860 in Free City of Frankfurt. He left this life on January 5th, 1945.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fester U.S.
  White 91.36% 64.26%
  African American 3.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fester

People with the last name Fester are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Fester

  • How Popular is the name Fester? Fester is the 87,104th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fester was the 38,265th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fester have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Fester in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fester? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1935 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Fester first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fester is Monday, June 7th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Fester born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fester was in 1935 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Fester: Your name in reverse order is Retsef. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sfrete. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fester? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 579 people with the last name Fester.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fester? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fester as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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