[ suhl-fer-uhs, suhl-fyoor-uhs ]
See synonyms for sulphurous on
  1. pertaining to the fires of hell; hellish or satanic.

  1. fiery or heated.

Origin of sulphurous

First recorded in 1520–30; spelling variant of sulfurous

Other words from sulphurous

  • sul·phur·ous·ly, adverb
  • sul·phur·ous·ness, noun
  • non·sul·phur·ous, adjective

Words Nearby sulphurous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sulphurous in a sentence

  • There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs, and a tremendous pressure against my chest.

    Swallowed by a Hippo | Justin Green | May 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Nor did the voluble and sulphurous orders to halt that a patrol-ship flashed north.

  • On the superheated surface white streaks ran like lightning in a sulphurous cloud.

    Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
  • A distant but threatening thunder murmur broke from the heart of a bank of sulphurous clouds beating closely over the south.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • This refrigerator is like those which we employ in our sulphurous anhydride frigorific apparatus.

British Dictionary definitions for sulphurous


/ (ˈsʌlfərəs) /

  1. Also: sulphureous of, relating to, or resembling sulphur: a sulphurous colour

  2. of or containing sulphur with an oxidation state of 4: sulphurous acid

  1. of or relating to hellfire

  2. hot-tempered

Derived forms of sulphurous

  • sulphurously, adverb
  • sulphurousness, noun

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