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
Did You Know?
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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