1

venom

noun ven·om \ ˈve-nəm \

Definition of venom

1 :a toxic substance produced by some animals (such 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
2 :a spiteful malicious feeling or state of mind :extreme 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.

Recent Examples of venom from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'venom.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of venom

Middle English venim, borrowed from Anglo-French venim, venyn, going back to Vulgar Latin *venīmen, re-formation of Latin venēmum "magical herb, poison," going back to *wenes-no-m, from *wenes- (whence vener-, venus "sexual desire, qualities exciting desire, charm") + *-no-, instrumental suffix — more at venus


2

venom

verb

Definition of venom

transitive verb

Origin and Etymology of venom

Middle English venimen, borrowed from Anglo-French venimer, verbal derivative of venim 1venom



VENOM Defined for English Language Learners

venom

noun

Definition of venom for English Language Learners

  • : 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


VENOM Defined for Kids

venom

noun ven·om \ ˈve-nəm \

Definition of venom for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

venom

noun ven·om \ ˈven-əm \

medical Definition of venom

: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).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

readily predictable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!