from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having blossomed or opened completely: full-blown roses.
  • adj. Fully developed or matured.
  • adj. Having or displaying all the characteristics necessary for completeness: a full-blown financial crisis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Completely developed or formed.
  • adj. At the peak of blossom; ripe.
  • adj. Filled with wind; puffed up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fully expanded, as a blossom; completely developed.
  • adj. Fully distended with wind, as a sail.
  • adj. Of full intensity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fully distended with wind.
  • Fully expanded, as a blossom.
  • Figuratively, perfected; developed; matured; finished: as, a full-blown beauty; a full-blown doctor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or displaying all the characteristics necessary for completeness
  • adj. fully ripe; at the height of bloom


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • A battle we did win was establishing a definition of full-blown AIDS that included symptoms common to women and that let them get treatment and financial entitlements, such as disability, available to men.


  • If the economy's true trend growth rate is even modestly below the 2.25% to 2.5% economists figure, the bank could be forced into raising rates well before what most observers would call a full-blown recovery.

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  • I think all these enabled him, before most Democrats, to understand the doubts that Americans were feeling about Washington and government toward the end of the Great Society—doubts that would erupt into full-blown hostility toward government in the Reagan era.

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  • Still, Chico must surely count the new polls as a good sign, if not a full-blown surge.

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  • Lehman's collapse triggered a full-blown crisis in no small part because investors had little clarity about who was solvent and who wasn't, and who would be saved and who would be left to fail.

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  • And then when those risks finally show up: blammo, you get a full-blown banking crisis.

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  • Which augurs ill for the present time, inasmuch as no one can believe that the socio-economic problems that underlay the riots in 1965 and 1992 in Los Angeles alone were anything but minor in comparison to the dislocations that full-blown hyperinflation or depression – or even the run-ups to those conditions – will bring about in contemporary society throughout America.

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  • A nice thin tablet, like the now defunct CrunchPad, really would produce a qualitatively different experience where you can freely move about your apartment, and easily carry the tablet around without using a full-blown laptop bag (this is probably a bigger deal for women).

    Matthew Yglesias » The Tablet Hype

  • For those who prefer an homage to the era over full-blown restagings, Clärchen's Ballhaus (Auguststrasse 24, ) has period-inspired dinner and dancing in a candlelit 19th-century ballroom, no elaborate dress-up required (though some locals still indulge).

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  • Economists said that easing off the policy brake now will provide Australia with insurance against a full-blown disaster in Europe in the two months until the RBA board next meets in early February.

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