enthusiastic

adjective

en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio)
en-,
 also  -ˌthyü-
: filled with or marked by enthusiasm
enthusiastic supporters
an enthusiastic recommendation
enthusiastically
in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-sti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio)
en-
 also  -ˌthyü-
adverb

Examples of enthusiastic in a Sentence

They were enthusiastic supporters of the president. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about your latest idea. She received an enthusiastic welcome.
Recent Examples on the Web As part of a presentation from distributor Warner Bros., Taylor-Joy, 27, Hemsworth, 40, and writer-director George Miller, 79, greeted an enthusiastic crowd at Caesar’s Palace. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Photo of the day: Suzuka's enthusiastic fans Formula One is in Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 Like clockwork, our first singing male arrived on the first day of spring to fill the morning air with his enthusiastic and hopeful song. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Mar. 2024 Katrina Cossey is a commerce writer, enthusiastic shopper, and devoted mom. Christin Perry, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 Forty-eight percent of Republican primary voters are enthusiastic about Mr. Trump becoming the Republican nominee, and 32 percent are satisfied but not enthusiastic with that outcome, according to a recent New York Times/Siena College poll. Michael C. Bender, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 The audience agrees, but isn’t especially enthusiastic. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 31 Mar. 2024 Additional reporting by: Katrina Cossey is a commerce writer, enthusiastic shopper, and devoted mom. Maya Polton, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 But early polling shows the audience much more enthusiastic. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin & Greek; New Latin enthūsiasticus, borrowed from Greek enthousiastikós "inspired, excited," from enthousiastḗs "person inspired by a god" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at enthusiast

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enthusiastic was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Enthusiastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthusiastic. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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enthusiastic

adjective
en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic in-ˌth(y)ü-zē-ˈas-tik How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio)
: filled with or marked by enthusiasm
an enthusiastic welcome
enthusiastically adverb

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