Definition of viscous
1 : having a thick or sticky consistency : viscid viscous secretions viscous corn syrup
2 technical : having or characterized by a high resistance to flow viscous lava
Examples of viscous in a Sentence
viscous syrup that takes forever to pour from a narrow-neck bottle
Recent Examples of viscous from the Web
The viscous, rich texture will be a great complement to the creamy nature of the dish, while also wrapping around the vegetal and meat components.
The cakes need no more than a dab of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), dark and viscous, pulling slightly at the spoon.
Well, prison guards and other uniformed types may soon be armored with viscous stuff that would make Mrs. Butterworth proud.
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Origin and Etymology of viscous
Middle English viscouse, from Anglo-French viscos, from Late Latin viscosus full of birdlime, viscous, from Latin viscum mistletoe, birdlime; akin to Old High German wīhsila cherry, Greek ixos mistletoe
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of viscous for English Language Learners
of a liquid : thick or sticky : not flowing easily
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