Fulsome vs Fusome - What's the difference?

fulsome | fusome |

As adjectives the difference between fulsome and fusome

is that fulsome is offensive to good taste, tactless, overzealous, excessive while fusome is (uk|dialect|obsolete) handy.

As a noun fusome is

(biology) a germ cell-specific organelle assembled from membrane skeletal proteins and membranous vesicles.




(en adjective)
  • Offensive to good taste, tactless, overzealous, excessive.
  • *
  • I immediately stripped myself stark naked, and went down softly into the stream. It happened that a young female YAHOO, standing behind a bank, saw the whole proceeding, and inflamed by desire . . . embraced me after a most fulsome manner.
  • * 1820 , , The Monastery , ch. 35:
  • You will hear the advanced enfans perdus , as the French call them, and so they are indeed, namely, children of the fall, singing unclean and fulsome ballads of sin and harlotrie.
  • Excessively flattering (connoting insincerity).
  • * 1889 , , A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , ch. 34:
  • And by hideous contrast, a redundant orator was making a speech to another gathering not thirty steps away, in fulsome laudation of "our glorious British liberties!"
  • * 1922 , , Ulysses , Episode 15—Circe:
  • Mrs. Bellingham: He addressed me in several handwritings with fulsome compliments as a Venus in furs.
  • Abundant, copious.
  • The fulsome thanks of the war-torn nation lifted our weary spirits.
  • Fully developed, mature.
  • Her fulsome timbre resonated throughout the hall.

    Usage notes

    * Common usage tends toward the negative connotation, and using fulsome in the sense of abundant'', ''copious'', or ''mature may lead to confusion without contextual prompts.


    * (offensive) gross * profuse * (excessively flattering) effusive, unctuous

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l) * (l)



    Etymology 1


    (en adjective)
  • (UK, dialect, obsolete) handy
  • (UK, dialect, obsolete) neat; handsome
  • (UK, dialect, obsolete) notable
  • (Halliwell)

    Etymology 2



    (en noun)
  • (biology) A germ cell-specific organelle assembled from membrane skeletal proteins and membranous vesicles