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noun (1)

full·​er ˈfu̇-lər How to pronounce fuller (audio)
: one that fulls cloth


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noun (2)

ful·​ler ˈfu̇-lər How to pronounce fuller (audio)
: a blacksmithing hammer for grooving and spreading iron

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English fullere, follare, in part going back to Old English fullere, from Latin fullō "fuller (of cloth), launderer" (of obscure origin) + Old English -ere -er entry 2; in part borrowed from Anglo-French fuller, fullour, from fuller, foler "to full entry 5 (cloth) " + -er, -our -er entry 2

Noun (2)

of uncertain origin

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1587, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fuller was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fuller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuller. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

Ful·​ler ˈfu̇-lər How to pronounce Fuller (audio)
Melville Weston 1833–1910 American jurist; chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1888–1910)


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biographical name (2)

R(ichard) Buckminster 1895–1983 American engineer


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biographical name (3)

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


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biographical name (4)

Thomas 1608–1661 English divine and author

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