From Middle English poisoun, poyson, poysone, puyson, puisun, from Old French puison, poison, from Latin pōtio, pōtiōnis (“drink, a draught, a poisonous draught, a potion”), from pōtō (“I drink”). Displaced native Old English ator. See also potion and potable.
- A substance that is harmful or lethal to a living organism.
- We used a poison to kill the weeds.
- Something that harms a person or thing.
- Gossip is a malicious poison.
- (informal) A drink; liquor.
- — What's your poison?
- — I'll have a glass of whisky.
- (transitive) To use poison to kill or paralyse somebody
- The assassin poisoned the king.
- (transitive) To pollute; to cause some part of the environment to become poisonous
- That factory is poisoning the river.
- (transitive) To cause something to become much worse
- Suspicion will poison their relationship.
- He poisoned the mood in the room with his non-stop criticism.
- (transitive) To cause someone to hate or to have unfair negative opinions
- She's poisoned him against all his old friends.
- “poison” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
- poison in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
poison m (plural poisons)
- Poisson sans boisson est poison — Fish gotta swim.
- “poison” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- Alternative form of
- circa 1176, Chrétien de Troyes, 'Cligès' (in Old French):
- Thessala tranpre sa poison
- Thessala mixed her poison