- of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive.
- having the property of viscosity.
Origin of viscous
Related Words for viscousslimy, gooey, syrupy, adhesive, clammy, gelatinous, stiff, tenacious, thick, tough, glutinous, mucilaginous, viscid, gluey, ropy
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Contemporary Examples of viscous
What The Great Beauty and Fellini share is the Roman light—3,000 years of viscous sun.The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’
November 18, 2013
Black gays, in turn, are accusing their white gay peers of viscous racism.Gays and Blacks (and Gay Blacks) Go to War
The Daily Beast
November 6, 2008
Historical Examples of viscous
The man and woman were chopping at the viscous, gruesome head.
All about him the straw was clotted with brown, viscous patches of blood.Bardelys the Magnificent
Matt nodded, and pointed to the viscous deposit in the dome of the bell.The Raid on the Termites
The same is true of all viscous substances, as starch and glue; and so of oil.Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
His right eye had suffered damage, and the pupil of it was white and viscous.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
- (of liquids) thick and sticky; viscid
- having or involving viscosity
Word Origin for viscous
Word Origin and History for viscous
late 14c., from Anglo-French viscous, from Late Latin viscosus "sticky," from Latin viscum "anything sticky, birdlime made from mistletoe, mistletoe," probably from PIE root *weis- "to melt away, flow" (used of foul or malodorous fluids); see virus.
- Having relatively high resistance to flow.
- Having relatively high resistance to flow (high viscosity).