bub·bly | \ ˈbə-b(ə-)lē \
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, effervescent, exuberant, frolicsome, 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

For those who love bubbly, and who doesn't, try a crisp sparkling white while munching on potato chips. Lane Miller, Marie Claire, "Dominate the Tailgate: 10 Game Day Essentials Every Kickass Girl Should Know," 30 Jan. 2014 In seven years, 1,500 episodes, and over 6,000 recipes, The Chew‘s three remaining cohosts Carla Hall, Michael Symon and Clinton Kelly provided a happy escape for viewers with their bubbly takes on food and entertaining. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "The Chew Cohosts Reflect on the Past 7 Years as Final Episode Airs: 'We're Going to Miss Each Other'," 15 June 2018 Drinks: Make your morning bubbly with a mimosa, bellini or the restaurant's signature spritz, which is made with prosecco, aperol and amaro (all $10). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Do summer right with these 15 new Chicago brunches," 1 June 2017 But despite its good intentions, Paid Off accidentally provides a kind of bubbly simulation of the labor market. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 She will be remembered for her bubbly personality, sense of humor and for her affection toward family and friends. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Andrea R. Botticello," 6 June 2018 The bubbly, wrapped in vintage leather and signed by Federer, was created to celebrate the tennis ace’s signature sleek style. Vogue, "Roger Federer Serves Up a Grand Slam of a Party With Moët & Chandon in Paris," 25 May 2018 These Are the Best Cocktails for Spring Here are the bubbly, bright, citrus-forward adult beverages from some of our favorite bartenders. Paula Forbes, GQ, "These Are the Best Cocktails for Spring," 27 Apr. 2018 Brittany Anikka Liu is a bubbly, winsome Anne Frank. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Diary of Anne Frank' at People's Light: A girl grows up, and horror descends," 27 Feb. 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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