- When your corn harvest produces three times as much corn as last year's harvest did, this is an example of a harvest that would be described as fulsome.
- When you keep going on and on and on about how delicious someone's cooking is to the point where people are annoyed by your repeated praise, this is an example of comments which would be described as fulsome.
- disgusting or offensive, esp. because excessive or insincere: fulsome praise
Origin of fulsomeapparent revival of the orig. sense, obs. since 16th c. full; ample; abundant: usage objected to by some
Origin of fulsomeMiddle English fulsom, abundant, disgustingly excessive ; from ful, full + -som, -some, but influenced, influence by ful, foul
- Excessively flattering or insincerely earnest. See Synonyms at unctuous.
- Disgusting or offensive: “With the stink of decaying corpses so near her cave &ellipsis; suddenly she felt overpowered by the fulsome reek” (Jean Auel).
- Usage Problem Copious or abundant.
Origin of fulsomeMiddle English fulsom, abundant, well-fed, arousing disgust : ful, full; see full1 + -som, adj. suff.; see –some1.
(comparative more fulsome, superlative most fulsome)
- Common usage tends toward the negative connotation, and using fulsome in the sense of abundant, copious, or mature may lead to confusion without contextual prompts.
From Middle English fulsum, equivalent to full + -some. The meaning has evolved from an original positive connotation "abundant" to a neutral "plump" to a negative "overfed". In modern usage it can take on any of these inflections. See usage note