Fulsome meaning

fo͝olsəm
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.

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Excessively flattering or insincerely earnest.
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Disgusting or offensive.
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Copious or abundant.
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Disgusting or offensive, esp. because excessive or insincere.

Fulsome praise.

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Full; ample; abundant.
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Excessively flattering (connoting insincerity).
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The fulsome thanks of the war-torn nation lifted our weary spirits.

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Fully developed, mature.

Her fulsome timbre resonated throughout the hall.

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Origin of fulsome

  • 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

  • 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