noun (1)
full·​er | \ ˈfu̇-lər How to pronounce fuller (audio) \

Definition of fuller

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: one that fulls cloth


noun (2)
ful·​ler | \ ˈfu̇-lər How to pronounce fuller (audio) \

Definition of fuller (Entry 2 of 6)

: a blacksmithing hammer for grooving and spreading iron


biographical name (1)
Ful·​ler | \ ˈfu̇-lər How to pronounce Fuller (audio) \

Definition of Fuller (Entry 3 of 6)

Melville Weston 1833–1910 American jurist; chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1888–1910)


biographical name (2)

Definition of Fuller (Entry 4 of 6)

R(ichard) Buckminster 1895–1983 American engineer


biographical name (3)

Definition of Fuller (Entry 5 of 6)

(Sarah) Margaret 1810–1850 Marchioness Ossoli \ ˈȯ-​sə-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce Fuller (audio) \ American critic and reformer


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Definition of Fuller (Entry 6 of 6)

Thomas 1608–1661 English divine and author

First Known Use of fuller

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fuller

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English fullere, from Latin fullo

Noun (2)

fuller to form a groove in

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“Fuller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuller. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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