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

What results is a low-alcohol quaff that’s tart, bubbly, and packaged in a convenient can. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Fizzy summer wines offer lighthearted refreshment," 29 July 2019 Bub’s @ the Beach will pair its gravy and biscuits with a Man-mosa, a tall drink made with Smirnoff Orange, orange juice and Bub’s house bubbly, topped with a 12-ounce can of Miller High Life served in a mini pitcher. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Sunday is Father’s Day. Have you made your dinner reservations yet?," 11 June 2019 The French 75 is a quintessential champagne cocktail, a fizzy mix of bubbly, gin, lemon juice and sugar. Chadner Navarro, WSJ, "The Return of Cognac—In Cocktail Form," 27 May 2019 Art Under $100 SAT Art sale by 70 local artists; VIP hour includes bubbly, chocolate, and messenger bag, 1-2 p.m., $20; free entry 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Winter Solstice Night Market, Jingle Bell Run," 5 Dec. 2018 Mr Xi might succeed in skimming some froth from a bubbly market. The Economist, "Stop speculating, start livingChina is trying new ways of skimming housing-market froth," 15 Feb. 2018 The rest of the night, guests circulated the Champagne-colored room with bubbly in hand, sitting in the space’s nooks and crannies, cozy by the fire, or dancing the night away. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Lizzo Sang Happy Birthday to Donatella Versace at the Top of the Standard Met Gala After-Party," 7 May 2019 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

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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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