from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Offensively flattering or insincere. See Synonyms at unctuous.
- adj. Offensive to the taste or sensibilities.
- adj. Usage Problem Copious or abundant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Offensive to good taste, tactless, overzealous, excessive.
- adj. Excessively flattering (connoting insincerity).
- adj. Abundant, copious.
- adj. Fully developed, mature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full; abundant; plenteous; not shriveled.
- adj. Offending or disgusting by overfullness, excess, or grossness; cloying; gross; nauseous; esp., offensive from excess of praise.
- adj. Lustful; wanton; obscene; also, tending to obscenity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full; full and plump; fat.
- Causing surfeit; cloying.
- Offensive from excess, as of praise or demonstrative affection; gross.
- Nauseous; offensive; disgusting.
- Lustful; wanton.
- Tending to obscenity; coarse: as, a fulsome epigram.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
Middle English fulsom, abundant, well-fed, arousing disgust : ful, full; see full1 + -som, adj. suff.; see -some1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 (Wiktionary)