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

Following the performance, Cowell remained effusive. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Arizona's PAC Dance Team wows 'America's Got Talent' judges," 11 July 2018 If all of this sounds effusive, that's because this really is a cracking little car. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata," 7 July 2018 Being able to be grateful without being embarrassing, effusive without insincerity. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 Youssef En-Nesyri, who had come on in the second half as a substitute, rose over both Pique and Ramos to powerfully head past De Gea on minute 81, prompting a deafening roar as the Morocco fans erupted in effusive celebration. SI.com, "Spain 2-2 Morocco: Late Drama Sees La Roja Top Group B After Falling Behind Twice," 25 June 2018 Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times gave them an effusive review. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Meet the 11-Year-Old Girls Whose Music Wowed the Philharmonic," 22 June 2018 The Band’s Visit’s onstage musicians are captivating, but Tony Shalhoub’s performance as the band’s introverted but emotionally effusive conductor is the production’s cornerstone. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, Whitman's vocal lines can convey an effusive lyricism as well as turn poignantly intimate. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Walt Whitman's operatic America in 'Crossing' gets its West Coast premiere," 27 May 2018 Kim Yong Chol appeared to be in an effusive mood, telling Pompeo and the dozen or so staffers traveling with him that this was a good time to be in Pyongyang because a good atmosphere had been established between North Korea and South Korea. Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea frees 3 American prisoners," 10 May 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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