Fulsome Definition

Excessively flattering or insincerely earnest.
American Heritage
Disgusting or offensive, esp. because excessive or insincere.
Fulsome praise.
Webster's New World
Full; ample; abundant.
Webster's New World
The definition of fulsome is something abundant or bountiful, or praise that is heaped or lavished on to the point of being excessive.
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.

Fully developed, mature.

Her fulsome timbre resonated throughout the hall.

Origin of Fulsome

  • 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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English fulsom abundant, well-fed, arousing disgust ful full full1 -som adj. suff. –some1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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