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

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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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The beloved 2001 movie is inherently theatrical, a colorful, eye-popping extravaganza rife with dazzling costumes, exuberant production numbers, and ingenious pop song mash-ups (including selections from Madonna, Nirvana, T. Rex, and David Bowie). Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "A new ‘Moulin Rouge!’ for a new Colonial," 5 July 2018 The film delivers a staggering visual feast in the footage of these runway shows, rarely seen by those outside the fashion world, and the emotional punch of witnessing an exuberant talent headed toward self-destruction. Vogue, "The 13 Documentaries You Need to See This Summer," 21 May 2018 Something that feels offhand yet spot-on, at once minimalist and exuberant. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Summer Bar Soap Looks Like a Steve McQueen Pool Party," 29 June 2018 For England, there's a chance to erase the memories of failures since 2014 with a young and exuberant team. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: Gonzalo Higuain Must Deliver For Argentina After 2014 Final Flop," 14 June 2018 Image There may not be more exuberant and adventurous fans at the World Cup than those from Sweden and Mexico, whose teams will meet in a crucial match on Wednesday in this city where Europe becomes Asia. New York Times, "For a 90-Minute Game, a Train Ride of 27 Hours," 26 June 2018 The two and a half hour run-time is off-putting (and sadly, a more and more frequent occurrence), but overall, Fallout is a solid summer blockbuster that delivers on thrills, smiles and exuberant facial hair. refinery29.com, "Mission Impossible: Fallout Is As Wild & Fun As Henry Cavill's Mustache," 12 July 2018 Built in 1899 as a single-family house for Charles T. Cresswell, a prominent lawyer, 2122 Locust marks the spot where Rittenhouse Square’s fashionable set switched from the exuberant Victorian style to a more conservative, neocolonial look. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 In an exuberant display of unity, more than 1,100 delegates sprang to their feet, whistling, cheering and offering prolonged applause. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Trade War Is a Big Problem for Republicans in Politically Pivotal Iowa," 6 July 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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