bub·​bly | \ ˈbə-b(ə-)lē How to pronounce bubbly (audio) \
bubblier; bubbliest

Definition of bubbly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : full of bubbles : effervescent a bubbly bottle of pop
2 : full of or showing good spirits : lively, effusive
3 : resembling a bubble a bubbly dome



Definition of bubbly (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bubbly

Synonyms: Adjective

bouncy, buoyant, crank [chiefly dialect], effervescent, exuberant, frolic, frolicsome, gamesome, gay, high-spirited, vivacious

Antonyms: Adjective

low-spirited, sullen

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Examples of bubbly in a Sentence


She is pretty, bubbly, and smart. offered their bubbly congratulations to the expectant parents

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Known for his constant smiling and generally bubbly personality, Logano has been known to pull pranks in the past, specifically on reporters. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Joey Logano helps prank reporter on live TV with giant fake spider," 9 Mar. 2018 If thoughtful brooding—not bubbly conversation—is more your style, start the season with the kind of Koolaid dye job that quite literally changed Angela Chase’s life. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Cher Horowitz vs. Angela Chase: Who's Your Back-to-School Beauty Guru?," 18 Aug. 2017 Read moreRead less1/7| Younger Just try and find a lighter, more delightfully bubbly series. Laura Bradley, HWD, "7 Perfect TV Binges to Keep You Busy All Summer Long," 29 June 2017 Keeper of all things color, Pantone, is officially forecasting a bright and bubbly spring, despite all of that nasty news about the unemployment rate and Mother Nature's recent proclivity for insane storms. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pantone Predicts Brights Will Continue to Reign for Spring 2012!," 8 Sep. 2011 For a bubblier glass of sparking wine, allow your bottle to warm up for a little while after taking it out of the refrigerator or off the ice. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "A Universe of Bubbles in Every Champagne Bottle," 30 Dec. 2016 Read moreRead less1/7| Younger Just try and find a lighter, more delightfully bubbly series. Laura Bradley, VanityFair.com, "7 Perfect TV Binges to Keep You Busy All Summer Long," 29 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Limit yourself to one glass of bubbly to calm your nerves, and no more until after your speech. Country Living, "How to Write the Best Maid of Honor Speech," 16 May 2019 Honorary mention, of course, goes to the bubbly Blossom, whose leadership and gentle approach to life help her to protect the people of Townsville along with her sisters Bubbles and Buttercup. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Which Superhero You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Apr. 2019 Some thought the bubbly new vibe just meant Swift's music would be lighter and happier than 2017's Reputation. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Just Dropped Her New Song and Music Video—and They’re So Surprising," 26 Apr. 2019 Guests shopped around while the bubbly flowed and bite-size treats were proffered. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Kate Spade Inaugurates Its Hudson Yards Store With a Colorful Cocktail Party," 11 Apr. 2019 So the business-class welcome bubbly on Delta Air Lines , for example, is an $11 Italian Prosecco, while the in-flight champagne is $48 Lanson Black Label Brut Champagne for the June-September menu. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Which Airlines Go Cheap on Wine?," 18 Apr. 2018 Also spotted in the photo, some (surely expensive) bubbly and Chopra's dog, Diana. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Nick Jonas Gave Priyanka Chopra a $170,750 Car Because His Song Went Number One," 13 Mar. 2019 Heat oil to a depth of about ½ inch in a cast-iron skillet until bubbly. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018 There is one class of people who definitely should not be breaking out the bubbly this New Year's Eve: astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of bubbly


1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bubbly was in 1568

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English Language Learners Definition of bubbly

: full of bubbles
: very happy, cheerful, and lively

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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