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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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 of effusive from the Web
Beilein, as would be expected, had nothing but effusive praise for Wilson on Thursday in a statement released by Michigan.
Sullen during those last two seasons in Milwaukee, Segura is now among the most effusive players in the clubhouse.
CNN's Chris Cillizza has helpfully ranked the cabinet members in terms of their effusive praise for the commander-in-chief.
Harbaugh has been effusive in his praise of Suggs' offseason commitment and leadership.
The evening that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein named Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Newt Gingrich was effusive in his praise of the former FBI director.
Across the locker room, Vaccaro was even more effusive in his praise of the 6-1, 225-pound veteran.
In an interview at the Mandarin Oriental in New York, the effusive Ms. Hayek chatted about culture clashes and President Trump.
Lovelady was effusive in his praise of the right-handed Thompson (6-4, 2.43 ERA), who will try to get Auburn (35-24) one win closer to a regional title.
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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").
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Definition of effusive for English Language Learners
: expressing a lot of emotion
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