ef·fu·sive | \i-ˈfyü-siv, e-, -ziv\

Definition of effusive 

1 : marked by the expression of great or excessive emotion or enthusiasm effusive praise

2 archaic : pouring freely

3 : characterized or formed by a nonexplosive outpouring of lava effusive rocks

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Other Words from effusive

effusively adverb
effusiveness noun

Effusive History Is Overflowing

We've used "effusive" in English to describe excessive outpourings since the 17th century. In the 1800s, geologists adopted the specific sense related to flowing lava-or to hardened rock formed from flowing lava. "Effusive" can be traced to the Latin verb effundere ("to pour out"), which itself comes from "fundere" ("to pour") plus a modification of the prefix ex- ("out"). Our verb "effuse" has the same Latin ancestors. A person effuses when he or she speaks effusively. Liquids can effuse as well (as in "water effusing from a pipe").

Examples of effusive in a Sentence

They offered effusive thanks for our help. often effusive no matter what the occasion, my aunt is even more so at weddings and funerals

Recent Examples on the Web

Governor Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Trump last week for pledging 400 troops to the Guard’s third large-scale border mission since 2006. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "California rejects border duties for troops," 16 Apr. 2018 The Jerry Richardson/Panthers narrative had transformed from investigation surrounding workplace misconduct into effusive reporting about the biggest sports franchise purchase in American history. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Bob McNair Sounds Ready for Another Power Struggle," 26 Mar. 2018 However, during his impromptu, one-one-one chat with 11Alive Sports' Alex Glaze, Blank was more effusive and concrete about Jones' status. Jay Clemons, USA TODAY, "Falcons owner Arthur Blank: Julio Jones will be in Atlanta 'forever'," 22 May 2018 But other designers are more effusive with their praise for the account. Cam Wolf, GQ, "How UpscaleHype Became Menswear’s Most Important Instagram Account," 26 Apr. 2018 On Friday, Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo shared effusive praise about Oh's historic nomination. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Sandra Oh Makes History as First Woman of Asian Descent Nominated for Lead Actress in Drama Series," 12 July 2018 Putin has been effusive in his praise for President Xi, most recently in an exclusive interview on Chinese state television. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Putin heads to Beijing for state visit with birthday buddy Xi Jinping," 8 June 2018 James has been effusive in his praise for the Warriors this week. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sweep? Warriors won’t say it, but that’s what they want," 7 June 2018 Republicans also took issue with Trump’s effusive praise for Kim. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Republicans remain skeptical despite Trump's boasts of breakthrough with North Korea's Kim," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of effusive

circa 1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for effusive

borrowed from Medieval Latin effūsīvus "generating profusely, lavish," from Latin effūsus (past participle of effundere "to pour out, discharge, expend") + -īvus -ive — more at effuse entry 1

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: expressing a lot of emotion

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