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Tuesday, December 29

Fulsome

[FUL-səm]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Middle English, unknown

1.

Complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree.

2.

Of large size or quantity; generous or abundant.

Examples of Fulsome in a sentence

"Her fulsome words made Jimmy both embarrassed and grateful."

"They brought home a fulsome supply of apples from the orchard."

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About Fulsome

This adjective comes from Middle English, and developed from the words "full" (filled to the limit) and "some" (a group of a particular number).

Did you Know?

While fulsome is a homonym (a word with multiple meanings for the same spelling/pronunciation), its earlier definition of "generous or abundant" is seen by some critics as incorrect. These critics say that fulsome was originally intended to refer to "words of flattery." What do you think?

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