[syn: fulsomeness, oiliness, oleaginousness, smarminess, unctuousness, unction]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fulsome \Ful"some\, a. [Full, a. + -some.]
1. Full; abundant; plenteous; not shriveled. [Obs.]
His lean, pale, hoar, and withered corpse grew
fulsome, fair, and fresh. --Golding.
2. Offending or disgusting by overfullness, excess, or
grossness; cloying; gross; nauseous; esp., offensive from
excess of praise; as, fulsome flattery.
And lest the fulsome artifice should fail
Themselves will hide its coarseness with a veil.
3. Lustful; wanton; obscene; also, tending to obscenity.
[Obs.] "Fulsome ewes." --Shak. -- Ful"some*ly, adv. --
Ful"some*ness, n. --Dryden.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: excessive but superficial compliments given with affected
charm [syn: unction, smarm, fulsomeness]
2: smug self-serving earnestness [syn: fulsomeness,
oiliness, oleaginousness, smarminess, unctuousness,