“Ful” is the Anglo-Saxon fúl (foulness), not ful
(full); “some” is the affix meaning united with, the basis
of something; as, gladsome, mettlesome, gamesome, lightsome,
frolicsome, etc., etc.
“No adulation was too fulsome for her [Elizabeth], no flattery of her
beauty too great.” —Green: Short History of England, chap.
viii. sec. 3, p. 376.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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