[juh-lat-n-uh s]


having the nature of or resembling jelly, especially in consistency; jellylike.
pertaining to, containing, or consisting of gelatin.

Origin of gelatinous

First recorded in 1715–25; gelatin + -ous
Related formsge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbge·lat·i·nous·ness, gel·a·tin·i·ty [jel-uh-tin-i-tee] /ˌdʒɛl əˈtɪn ɪ ti/, nounnon·ge·lat·i·nous, adjectivenon·ge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbnon·ge·lat·i·nous·ness, nounsub·ge·lat·i·nous, adjectivesub·ge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbsub·ge·lat·i·nous·ness, nounun·ge·lat·i·nous, adjectiveun·ge·lat·i·nous·ly, adverbun·ge·lat·i·nous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gelatinous

gummy, pudding, sticky, thick, viscous, glutinous, mucilaginous, viscid, gluey, jellied

Examples from the Web for gelatinous

Contemporary Examples of gelatinous

  • It somewhat resembled meat and was drowned in a gelatinous brown goop meant to approximate gravy.

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    The Weirdest Food Trend Ever

    Robert Rosenthal

    July 15, 2010

Historical Examples of gelatinous

British Dictionary definitions for gelatinous



consisting of or resembling jelly; viscous
of, containing, or resembling gelatine
Derived Formsgelatinously, adverbgelatinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gelatinous

1724, from gelatin + -ous; probably modeled on French gélatineux. Related: Gelatinously; gelatinousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gelatinous in Medicine




Of, relating to, or containing gelatin.
Resembling gelatin; viscous.
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