Word Confusion: Glutenous vs Glutinous vs Gluttonous

Posted February 13, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

One can feel glutinous if one is gluttonous with glutenous food products, so it does behoove one to pace oneself.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.

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Glutenous Glutinous Gluttonous
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: glutenous and gluttonous

Pulling four round loaves of bread out of the oven using a wooden paddle

“Freshly Baked Bread Loaves” by Flickr.com user “FotoDawg” is under the CC BY 2.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons

Mmmm, glutenous bread…yum…

Slices of mango and a scoop of sticky rice on separate leaves

“Mango with Sticky Rice” is techistoria’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons

I do adore mango with gelatinous rice as a dessert!!

A still from The Meaning of Life by Monty Python

“Mr. Creosote” courtesy of “Post #5: Gluttony” by Dr. Joshua Schulz, Something Fine and Rare

The gluttonous Mr. Creosote from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

Part of Grammar:
Adjective Adjective Adjective
Like the tough, viscid, nitrogenous substance remaining when the flour of wheat or other grain is washed to remove the starch (gluten)

Containing gluten, especially in large amounts

Like glue in texture

  • Sticky
Excessively greedy

Tending to eat and drink excessively

  • Voracious


“The shell split and a clear liquid poured out on to the drain board, thin and clear, not glutenous like a normal egg white.” – Rick Raphael, Make Mine Homogenized

“As it lay so glutenous, the Earth Mother was also quickened to show sympathy.” – Paul Cameron Brown, The Land of Look Behind

Thank goodness those advertisers are letting us know that milk is not glutenous *eye roll*.

It was a nasty, glutinous mud that sucked boots off one’s feet.

Helena tries hard, but her cooking usually results in a glutinous mass.

Tom hadn’t cleaned up the oil he spilled, and it had dried to a glutinous tackiness.

On the plus side, glutinous rice is not glutenous.

He was a gluttonous, cigar-smoking capitalist.

We were a gluttonous bunch last Christmas.

“So the pirate-wasp sought its reward — an insane, insatiable, gluttonous satisfaction in the honey that was poison to its young.” – Murray Leinster, The Forgotten Planet

Adjective: nonglutenous Adjective: unglutinous
Adverb: glutinously, unglutinously
Noun: glutinousness, glutinosity, unglutinosity
Adjective: ungluttonous
Adverb: gluttonously
Noun: glutton, gluttonousness, gluttony
Verb: gluttonize
History of the Word:
Late Middle English from the Old French glutineux or the Latin glutinosus, from gluten meaning glue. Middle English from the Old French gluton, is from the Latin glutton-, and is related to gluttire meaning to swallow, gluttus meaning greedy, and gula meaning throat.

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!

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Pinterest Photo Credits:

“Chinesische Küche” is Kolumbusjogger’s own work under the GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons.