[ ven-uh-muhs ]
See synonyms for: venomousvenomouslyvenomousness on

  1. (of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound: a venomous snake.

  2. full of or containing venom; poisonous: a venomous wound; a venomous potion.

  1. 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

Other words for venomous

Other words from venomous

  • ven·om·ous·ly, adverb
  • ven·om·ous·ness, ven·om·ness, noun
  • non·ven·om·ous, adjective
  • non·ven·om·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·ven·om·ous·ness, noun
  • un·ven·om·ous, adjective
  • un·ven·om·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·ven·om·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use venomous in a sentence

  • Their souls throb with fierce emotion at the agony caused by the venomously malignant tyranny.

    The Tragedy of St. Helena | Walter Runciman