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

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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