ef·​fu·​sive | \ i-ˈfyü-siv How to pronounce effusive (audio) , 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

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, via the Medieval Latin adjective effūsīvus ("generating profusely, lavish"), 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 speaking 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, they are even more so at weddings and funerals
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Brewer drew effusive praise from Whittingham during spring practice, capped by a 15-for-15, 151-yard showing in the spring game. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 Although Biden defeated him by retaking Democratic strongholds through his embrace of trade unions like the United Auto Workers, his effusive praise for Tesla’s rivals like General Motors hasn’t always panned out. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 5 Sep. 2022 The Colorado transfer has received consistent, effusive praise since signing with the Trojans ahead of spring. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2022 Whittingham was effusive in his praise for third-year sophomore Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, who will make his second career start after serving as Emory Jones’ backup in 2021. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 For The White Lotus, Coolidge has received some of the most effusive reviews of her career, with many calling her performance a revelation. Liam Hess, Vogue, 15 July 2021 And yet the slime hobbyists who interact with it most — mainly kids, but also grown-ups — are effusive about its benefits. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Not surprisingly, Sivasubramanian was effusive about the technology's potential. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Shortly after the game, center Bam Adebayo was effusive about the energy provided from the bench from Markieff Morris, Udonis Haslem and Dewayne Dedmon, none of whom saw action Friday. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 28 May 2022 See More

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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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“Effusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effusive. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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