Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Any of various skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, or herpes, characterized by eruptions and itching.

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  • n. Any of various pustular skin conditions.
  • v. To affect with tetter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vesicular disease of the skin; herpes. See herpes.
  • transitive v. To affect with tetter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To affect with or as with the disease called tetter.
  • n. A vague name of several cutaneous diseases, as herpes, eczema, and impetigo.
  • n. A cutaneous disease of animals, which spreads on the body in different directions, and occasions a troublesome itching. It may be communicated to man.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English teter, from Old English; see der- in Indo-European roots.

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Old English teter.

Examples

  • Things NASA Ground Operation designers need to work on is not only technical, like weight, sizes and transportation, but WHEN do humans leave a tetter and how much to they plan on accomplishing when they do.

    How Best to Access the ISS-and LEO? - NASA Watch

  • Politianus had a tetter in his nose continually running, fulsome in company, yet no man so eloquent and pleasing in his works.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Why at night both my gentlemen had kibed heels, a tetter in the chin, a churchyard cough in the lungs, a catarrh in the throat, a swingeing boil at the rump, and the devil of one musty crust of a brown george the poor dogs had to scour their grinders with.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Wicked prongs stuck like fangs from three deadly pinwheels attached to the base, and it seemed to me an instrument of torture, although Katie had told me it was a tetter, used to fluff up the cut hay so that it could dry better before baling.

    Plain Truth

  • She works at St. Veronica's hospital, lives nearby at the home of a Mrs. Quoad, a lady widowed long ago and since suffering a series of antiquated diseases-greensickness, tetter, kibes, purples, im-posthumes and almonds in the ears, most recently a touch of scurvy.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • A.out the time he wrote the tetter to Miller, he sent a copy of the essay to H.P. Lovecraft, the weird-story writer, with a request to forward it for publication in a fan magazine, The P.antagraph, to Donald A. Wollheim, a fan who later became a science-fiction writer and editor.

    Conan

  • Thou shalt be shunned like a pestilent tetter, nor shall any plague be fouler than thou.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • This has been highly recommended to me, as a remedy for tetter on the hands, but I have never seen it tried.

    Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers

  • It has been found beneficial in cases of tetter and ringworm in the head, using at the same time, as a wash on the part affected, borax dissolved in strong vinegar.

    Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers

  • Four years later, Bouley is found holding the opinion that canker was closely allied to tetter, thus recognising for it a local specific cause.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

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