Fulsome Ful"some, a. [Full, a. + -some.] 1. Full; abundant; plenteous; not shriveled. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

His lean, pale, hoar, and withered corpse grew fulsome, fair, and fresh. --Golding. [1913 Webster]

2. Offending or disgusting by overfullness, excess, or grossness; cloying; gross; nauseous; esp., offensive from excess of praise; as, fulsome flattery. [1913 Webster]

And lest the fulsome artifice should fail Themselves will hide its coarseness with a veil. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. Lustful; wanton; obscene; also, tending to obscenity. [Obs.] ``Fulsome ewes.'' --Shak. -- {Ful"some*ly}, adv. -- {Ful"some*ness}, n. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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