• (GA) IPA: /ˈblɪstɚ/

blister (plural blisters)

  1. A small bubble between the layers of the skin that contains watery or bloody fluid and is caused by friction and pressure, burning, freezing, chemical irritation, disease or infection.
    • Painful blisters swelled my tender hands.
  2. A swelling on a plant.
  3. (medicine) Something applied to the skin to raise a blister; a vesicatory or other applied medicine.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I.168:
      'T is written in the Hebrew Chronicle, / How the physicians, leaving pill and potion, / Prescribed, by way of blister, a young belle, / When old King David's blood grew dull in motion, / And that the medicine answered very well […]
  4. A bubble, as on a painted surface.
  5. (roofing) An enclosed pocket of air, which may be mixed with water or solvent vapor, trapped between impermeable layers of felt or between the membrane and substrate.
  6. A type of pre-formed packaging made from plastic that contains cavities.
    blister card
    blister pack
  7. a cause of annoyance
    • 1923 Pelham Grenville Wodehouse The Inimitable Jeeves ↗ page 39
      I couldn't help thinking how dashed happy I could have contrived to be in this place if only Aunt Agatha and the other blisters had been elsewhere.
    • 1933 Collier's Illustrated Weekly, Volume 91 ↗ page 14
      I will say, however, that we fanned her well — her and her old blister of a mother and a bewhisk- ered old goat named Boris.
    • 2013 P.G. Wodehouse, Blandings: TV Tie-In page 126 ↗
      'We mustn't laugh about it, my boy. It's no joking matter. It's very wrong to shoot Mr Baxter.'
      'But he's a blister.'
      'He is a blister,' agreed Lord Emsworth, always fairminded. 'Nevertheless. . . . Remember, he is your tutor.'
    • 2017 Joe Archibald, The Willie Klump MEGAPACK® page 302 ↗
      Willie suddenly realized the heat really wasn't off the criminal persons, and he sprang into action. The blonde blister also recovered surprisingly fast and threw the big wordy tome at the Klump coco .
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blister (blisters, present participle blistering; past and past participle blistered)

  1. (transitive) To raise blisters on.
    a chemical agent that blisters the skin
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii], page 4 ↗:
  2. (intransitive) To have a blister form.
  3. (transitive) To criticise severely.
  4. (intransitive) To break out in blisters.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: cloquer, se couvrir d'ampoules
  • Spanish: ampollar
Translations Translations
  • German: Blasen werfen

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