(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 formsven·om·ous·ly, adverbven·om·ous·ness, ven·om·ness, nounnon·ven·om·ous, adjectivenon·ven·om·ous·ly, adverbnon·ven·om·ous·ness, nounun·ven·om·ous, adjectiveun·ven·om·ous·ly, adverbun·ven·om·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for venomous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for venomously

Historical Examples of venomously

  • 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.

  • "I wish they were all tied up as he is," said Wyatt venomously.

    The Border Watch

    Joseph A. Altsheler

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