effusive

adjective
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

The clip was set, of course, to the sound of the family’s praise, including an effusive howl from Joe. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Celebrated Youngest Jonas Brother Frankie Jonas's Graduation," 1 Apr. 2019 Analysts were effusive, with at least 20 boosting their price targets on the stock. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Is Flying Too High Again," 1 Feb. 2019 Reading the effusive, eulogistic praise heaped on him by Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto somehow made the news seem even more bittersweet. Jay Willis, GQ, "The press release is layered in so much stilted, sanitized corporatespeak," 4 May 2018 But the negative press attention sent the typically effusive, highly visible 22 year-old vlogger into hiding. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Logan Paul Says 'I'm a Good Guy Who Made a Bad Decision' on 'Good Morning America'," 1 Feb. 2018 Over time, their effusive quotes about each other just get more and more loving. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Every Time Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Gushed About Each Other," 27 Feb. 2019 Not everyone was quite as effusive in their praise. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee residents explore new streetcars at The Hop open house," 8 June 2018 Paul is effusive and almost bubbly, while Fred is more taciturn and tends to let Paul run, interrupting only when corrections are necessary. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: How Star Control II was almost a much more boring game," 27 Dec. 2018 An effusive reception for Kim would be a sensitive issue in the democratic South. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 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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effusive

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English Language Learners Definition of effusive

: expressing a lot of emotion

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