Share this entry

Share this page

blister

Syllabification: blis·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈblistər
 
/

Definition of blister in English:

noun

1A small bubble on the skin filled with serum and caused by friction, burning, or other damage.
Example sentences
  • Closely monitor your feet before and after exercise for any signs of potential damage, such as blisters, which can lead to ulcers if left untreated.
  • Herpes sores usually look like blisters or cold sores.
  • What that means is his skin blisters from the slightest friction.
Synonyms
pustule, abscess
1.1A small bubble or swelling, filled with air or fluid, on the surface of a plant, heated metal, painted wood, or other object.
Example sentences
  • Moisture blisters usually include all paint coats down to the wood surface.
  • Mark the blister with spray paint and monitor it as part of the roofs routine maintenance.
  • Let the blister and the surrounding wood dry thoroughly before adding glue.
Synonyms
bubble, swelling, bulge, protuberance
1.2 Medicine , chiefly historical A preparation applied to the skin to cause a blister.
Example sentences
  • A physician was called, who soon after his arrival applied a blister to the throat and let another pint of blood.
  • Today I have applied a blister to my stomach, or rather on my left side.
2British informal , dated An annoying person: the child is a disgusting little blister

verb

Back to top  
1 [no object] Form swellings filled with air or fluid on the surface of something: the surface of the door began to blister (as adjective blistered) he had blistered feet
More example sentences
  • I could feel the skin there beginning to blister.
  • My feet were beginning to blister, and my joints ached, but finally, tired and weary, I reached the final step.
  • The pavement was hot and full of small stones, and his stocking feet began to blister.
1.1 [with object] Cause blisters to form on the surface of: a caustic liquid that blisters the skin
More example sentences
  • Spending too much time in the sun, or not using adequate protection can blister your skin and make it peel.
  • The prosthesis rubs and pulls on my leg, blistering the skin.
  • It damages the lungs and other internal organs, and blisters the skin and eyes.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from Old French blestre 'swelling, pimple'.

Definition of blister in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈSHpräkɡəˌf(y)o͞ol
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…