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

The duo is beloved for its high-energy, bright and bubbly productions, matched only by its jumping live performances. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Galantis Tease 'Satisfied' & 'Mama Look at Me Now' Coming Friday," 9 July 2018 The disco-pop track is about as close as Mitski has come to mainstream radio fare, with its bubbly beat, toe-tap-ready high hat and her sweet croon recalling another era. Raisa Bruner, Time, "5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week," 29 June 2018 Sweet at first, this bubbly take from the champagne masters evolves into a slightly spicy sip, which then finishes softly. Chris Morris, Fortune, "6 Beers and 6 Wines to Improve Your Fourth of July Cookout," 29 June 2018 On the track, Troye sings against a series of bubbly backing beats. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande Release Their New Song “Dance to This”," 13 June 2018 Anytime is a good time for champagne, and this bubbly watermelon cucumber punch is a light and fun way to get the party going – and celebrate your kick-off of grilling season! For Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "Grilling with beer: pairings and recipes to make your mouth water," 21 May 2018 The drop adds to growing evidence that weakening global growth is a bigger problem than most investors would have believed just a few weeks ago—and raises questions over still bubbly Asian and U.S. stock valuations. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Big Trouble in Little Japan," 25 May 2018 Sofitel will be serving a prix fixe menu from noon to 8 p.m. Mothers will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly with brunch. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 2018 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

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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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playful or foolish behavior

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