fulsome adj : unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep" [syn: buttery, oily, oleaginous, smarmy, unctuous]
EtymologyMiddle English 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
Usage notesIt is important to recognize that common usage tends toward the negative connotation, and using fulsome as in the primary definition may lead to confusion without contextual prompts.
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