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
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.
In the NBA these days, the GOAT debate, driven by Bill Laimbeer's effusive praise for James, is heating up.
Meyerowitz has 89% thumbs up on Rotten Tomatoes, with praise being particularly effusive for Sandler’s performance.
On asparagus, available in Chicagoland from the height of spring through June, Hammel is effusive.
Wallace has been effusive with his praise of Perriman.
Many of the photos and potentially negative comments were withheld at the time in order to keep news of our boys overseas consistent with the effusive tone that prevailed across the nation, in an effort to keep morale high.
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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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EFFUSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of effusive for English Language Learners
: expressing a lot of emotion
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