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Definition of "fulsome" []

  • Offensively flattering or insincere. See Synonyms at unctuous. (adjective)
  • Offensive to the taste or sensibilities. (adjective)
  • Usage Problem Copious or abundant. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fulsome" in a sentence
  • "V. i.112 (241,5) [as fat and fulsome] [W: flat] _Fat_ means _dull_; so we say a _fatheaded_ fellow; _fat_ likewise means _gross_, and is sometimes used for _obscene_; and _fat_ is more congruent to _fulsome_ than _flat_."
  • "The word fulsome is itself becoming incomprehensible."
  • "Whichever approach reviewers of Suite Française took — whether they followed the ‘lost book by dead writer’ angle, or played the French guilt card — they all used the limited space left after biography to indulge in fulsome but often strangely detached praise."