exuberant

adjective
ex·​u·​ber·​ant | \ ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt \

Definition of exuberant 

1a : joyously unrestrained and enthusiastic exuberant praise an exuberant personality
b : unrestrained or elaborate especially in style : flamboyant exuberant architecture
2 : produced in extreme abundance : plentiful exuberant foliage and vegetation
3 : extreme or excessive in degree, size, or extent exuberant prosperity

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exuberantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for exuberant

Synonyms

bouncy, bubbly, buoyant, crank [chiefly dialect], effervescent, frolic, frolicsome, gamesome, gay, high-spirited, vivacious

Antonyms

low-spirited, sullen

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profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance. profuse implies pouring forth without restraint. profuse apologies lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion. a lavish party prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources. prodigal spending luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance. a luxuriant beard lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance. a lush green lawn exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly. an exuberant imagination

Examples of exuberant in a Sentence

Steven Spielberg's career has been famously schizoid. On the one hand, he has made films borne aloft by exuberant juvenility (the Indiana Jones pictures, Jurassic Park, and so forth); on the other hand, he has made mature films of serious intent (The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan). And … there is also a third hand: he has combined those two types, most notably in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in which he transmuted a fascinating science fiction film into near-theology. — Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic, 23 July 2001 Here we are at a jousting tournament in medieval England, and as the armored knights charge each other on horseback the exuberant crowd sings along to the old Queen heavy-metal anthem "We Will Rock You." And does the wave! — David Ansen, Newsweek, 14 May 2001 A few years ago, I learned to expect that at the end of a linguistics class that I was teaching, as I consulted with a few students before we vacated the room, the air would suddenly be lacerated by fat bass tracks and streams of exuberant invective. Tupac, as they say, was in the house. The class that was about to begin was an elective called "The Poetry of Tupac Shakur." — John McWhorter, New Republic, 22 Oct. 2001 They're the hardwood wunderkinds who think NEXT is now: the NBA's teen set. And like puppies, they're winningly exuberant (if not housebroken). Well, maybe not so "winning." ESPN, 25 Dec. 2000 His exuberant personality makes him fun to be around. exuberant crowds rushed to greet the returning national champions in collegiate basketball
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Then Emma appeared, so exuberant and welcoming that this unusual encounter between strangers started to feel like a reunion of friends. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "In a Florida poolside visit, Chicago teens glimpse Parkland students’ lives, and find gun violence in common," 9 Mar. 2018 Where Wiley’s piece is exuberant and lush, Sherald’s is spare, casting the First Lady as the focus. Maya Rhodan, Time, "'A Game Changer.' How a Painting of President Obama Broke the Rules," 14 Feb. 2018 The 2017 Cruisin' on Main Street T-shirt features a pair of buxom beauties from Detroit's exuberant years. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "A Pair Of ‘50s Characters For Manchester Car Show," 4 Aug. 2017 Even with the artist’s most colorful and exuberant pieces, there are shadows implying sinister depths. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Paola Pivi’s Transporting Exhibition Is a Whimsical Comment on Dark Realities," 15 Nov. 2018 And the content is an exuberant, cheap, multicultural, data-driven grab for toddlers’ attention. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Did Chinese spies infiltrate Apple and Amazon with tiny chips?," 4 Oct. 2018 The sisters copped to watching the movie in their hotel room this week, and that sense of exuberant play definitely permeated the collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Behind the Scenes of Rodarte’s Spectacular Return to NYFW," 10 Sep. 2018 The opening sections are pretty cheesy, but the illustrations are exuberant. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Junior Disease Detectives is for teens — but I geeked out over it, too," 11 Aug. 2018 More than 40,000 people attended last year — families dominated the scene in the park and after 7 p.m., younger, more exuberant crowds hang around for the nighttime performances. Morgan Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago musicians, artists and restaurants at the 10th annual Logan Square Arts Festival," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of exuberant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for exuberant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin exuberant-, exuberans, present participle of exuberare to be abundant, from ex- + uber fruitful, from uber udder — more at udder

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exuberant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exuberant

: very lively, happy, or energetic : filled with energy and enthusiasm

: existing in large amounts : very plentiful

exuberant

adjective
ex·​u·​ber·​ant | \ ig-ˈzü-bə-rənt \

Kids Definition of exuberant

: filled with energy and enthusiasm The audience applause … rose in an exuberant swell …— Lois Lowry, The Giver

Other Words from exuberant

exuberance \ -​bə-​rəns \ noun

exuberant

adjective
ex·​u·​ber·​ant | \ ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt \

Medical Definition of exuberant 

: characterized by extreme proliferation exuberant granulation tissue remarkably exuberant metastatic calcification— Sandy Muspratt

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