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[ven-uh-muh s] /ˈvɛn ə məs/
(of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound:
a venomous snake.
full of or containing venom; poisonous:
a venomous wound; a venomous potion.
spiteful; malignant:
a venomous attack; a venomous tongue.
Origin of venomous
1250-1300; Middle English venim(o)us < Anglo-French venimus (Old French venimeux). See venom, -ous
Related forms
venomously, adverb
venomousness, venomness, noun
nonvenomous, adjective
nonvenomously, adverb
nonvenomousness, noun
unvenomous, adjective
unvenomously, adverb
unvenomousness, noun
3. malicious, hostile, rancorous, ill-disposed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • venomously he added: "It is my belief that we shall not meet again."

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Also he went on so venomously about revenge that I thought it time to put a stop to the thing.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • Madge was glaring at him venomously all this time, for she could not speak.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • "That's awful bad brandy at 'The Pilot,'" said Mr. Sedgett, venomously.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • "I wish they were all tied up as he is," said Wyatt venomously.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Turning to me venomously Cockie said, "I suppose you'd like a game?"

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • "That is a family failing," said Dorothy venomously, from behind the kettle.

    The Lieutenant-Governor Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • They were stinging him venomously along his sides, biting deeper with every jump.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • Severance hated Garth venomously since the episode at the Belmore.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • "You are proposing to make a long stay," she said, slowly and venomously.

    A Butterfly on the Wheel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Word Origin and History for venomously



late 13c., from Anglo-French venimeus, Old French venimeux, from venim (see venom). Earliest recorded use is figurative; literal sense by early 14c. Related: Venomously; venomousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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