Origin of fulsome
Today, both fulsome and fulsomely are also used in senses closer to the original one: The sparse language of the new Prayer Book contrasts with the fulsome language of Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer. Later they discussed the topic more fulsomely. These uses are often criticized on the grounds that fulsome must always retain its connotations of “excessive” or “offensive.” The common phrase fulsome praise is thus sometimes ambiguous in modern use.
Examples from the Web for fulsome
This occurs even as they proclaim their fulsome concern for “future generations.”It Can Happen Here: Europe’s Screwed Generation and America’s|Joel Kotkin|June 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Rather, he sees her fulsome interest in sex as a small rebellion against the fundamentalist world that she was born into.
His Empire State colleagues, while tentatively supportive, have been far less than fulsome in their comments.
He asked Hoover to contribute, and the director did so with fulsome praise for Joe Kennedy.
President Obama early on presented a fulsome blueprint for regulatory reform.
I could only smile in acknowledgment of his plaudits and fulsome thanks.In Jeopardy|Van Tassel Sutphen
This fulsome panegyric was too much for Christina's gravity.Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590|Julia Cartwright
Even Statius, whose writings are in other respects irreproachable, is nearly as fulsome in his adulation.
Mrs Moffatt was talking about her, gushing over her, in fulsome phrases.Flaming June|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
So we find ourselves involved in the fulsome extravagance of his maturer epistles; so much the worse!Lord Chatham|Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
British Dictionary definitions for fulsome
Word Origin and History for fulsome
Middle English compound of ful "full" (see full (adj.)) + -som (see -some (1)). Sense evolved from "abundant, full" (mid-13c.) to "plump, well-fed" (mid-14c.) to "overgrown, overfed" (1640s) and thus, of language, "offensive to taste or good manners" (1660s). Since the 1960s, however, it commonly has been used in its original, favorable sense, especially in fulsome praise. Related: Fulsomely; fulsomeness.