Word of the DaySaturday, January 08, 2000
\FUL-sum\ , adjective;
Offensive to the taste or sensibilities.
Insincere or excessively lavish; especially, offensive from excess of praise.
He recorded the event in his journal: "Long evening visit from Mr. Langtree--a fulsome flatterer."
-- Edward L. Widmer, Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City
Concealed disgust under the appearance of fulsome endearment.
-- Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World
Fulsome is from Middle English fulsom, from full + -som, "-some."
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