Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

venom

play
noun ven·om \ˈve-nəm\

Simple Definition of venom

  • : poison that is produced by an animal (such as a snake) and used to kill or injure another animal usually through biting or stinging

  • : a very strong feeling of anger or hatred

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of venom

  1. 1 :  poisonous matter normally secreted by some animals (as snakes, scorpions, or bees) and transmitted to prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging; broadly :  material that is poisonous

  2. 2 :  ill will, malevolence

Examples of venom in a sentence

  1. She spoke of him with venom in her voice.

  2. He spewed venom against his rival.



Origin and Etymology of venom

Middle English venim, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *venimen, alteration of Latin venenum magic charm, drug, poison; akin to Latin venus love, charm — more at win


First Known Use: 13th century


2

venom

verb ven·om

Definition of venom

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  envenom



14th Century

First Known Use of venom

14th century

Rhymes with venom



VENOM Defined for Kids

venom

play
noun ven·om \ˈve-nəm\

Definition of venom for Students

  1. :  poison produced by an animal (as a snake or scorpion) and passed to a victim usually by biting or stinging




Medical Dictionary

venom

play
noun ven·om \ˈven-əm\

Medical Definition of venom

  1. :  a toxic substance produced by some animals (as snakes, scorpions, or bees) that is injected into prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging and has an injurious or lethal effect; broadly :  a substance that is poisonous





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up venom? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

torrent interruption megillah rebellion
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ