Fulsome vs Fusome - What's the difference?
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.
Offensive to good taste, tactless, overzealous, excessive.
* 1820 , , The Monastery , ch. 35:
- 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.
Excessively flattering (connoting insincerity).
* 1889 , , A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , ch. 34:
- 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.
* 1922 , , Ulysses , Episode 15—Circe:
- 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!"
- Mrs. Bellingham: He addressed me in several handwritings with fulsome compliments as a Venus in furs.
Fully developed, mature.
- The fulsome thanks of the war-torn nation lifted our weary spirits.
- Her fulsome timbre resonated throughout the hall.
* 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
* (excessively flattering) effusive, unctuous
(UK, dialect, obsolete) handy
(UK, dialect, obsolete) neat; handsome
(UK, dialect, obsolete) notable
(biology) A germ cell-specific organelle assembled from membrane skeletal proteins and membranous vesicles