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

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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 Wilcox studied Smith’s Super Bowl teams (St. Louis in 2002 and Chicago in 2006) as young coach at Boise State and has been effusive in his praise during the past three weeks. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Redbox Bowl: Cal and Illinois will let their defenses do the talking," 29 Dec. 2019 Stafford hardly lit the world on fire, completing 15 of 21 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns, but Gruden was effusive in his praise. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "'They have a superstar QB:' Everything Jon Gruden said on TV about Matthew Stafford, Lions," 1 Nov. 2019 Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was effusive in his praise of Fabinho after his side's 2-1 win over Tottenham, hilariously nicknaming the Brazilian midfielder 'Dyson' - referencing his aptitude for hoovering up loose balls. SI.com, "Jürgen Klopp Reveals New Nickname for 'Unbelievable' Fabinho," 28 Oct. 2019 As always, praise was effusive, criticism was light and enthusiasm, classicly Dickie V, was high. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "ESPN star Dick Vitale heaps praise, and hype, on Louisville basketball during Michigan win," 4 Dec. 2019 While Gus Malzahn was effusive in his praise of Alabama’s defense, which has typically been a staple of Nick Saban’s teams, Wanogho believes there is an area that Auburn can exploit to its advantage in this year’s Iron Bowl. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn confident it can find success on ground against defense that’s not ‘the old Alabama’," 28 Nov. 2019 While Griffin arrived in Storrs on a more traditional path straight from high school, Auriemma has been effusive in his praise for the freshman. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Taking a closer look at the four UConn women’s basketball newcomers and how they fit in for the 2019-20 season," 31 Oct. 2019 Morgan was effusive in his praise for the Mexican government's efforts to help the Trump administration deter migrants. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. apprehended nearly 1 million migrants along U.S.-Mexico border in past 12 months," 8 Oct. 2019 Hurley was more effusive about Adams, who scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, with six rebounds and two assists. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Sidney Wilson, Brendan Adams provide needed spark off UConn bench as other Huskies struggle," 9 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effusive. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of effusive

: expressing a lot of emotion

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