ex·​u·​ber·​ant ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce exuberant (audio)
: joyously unrestrained and enthusiastic
exuberant praise
an exuberant personality
: unrestrained or elaborate especially in style : flamboyant
exuberant architecture
: produced in extreme abundance : plentiful
exuberant foliage and vegetation
: extreme or excessive in degree, size, or extent
exuberant prosperity
exuberantly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for exuberant

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web As an exuberant youngster, my time outdoors was all about the destination. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 Fast forward to spring 2024, and many designers maintained this commitment to simplicity, but soft, calming hues were punctuated by vibrant bursts of exuberant, opulent color. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2024 Somehow, Pharrell has managed to capture the feeling of exuberant, youthful exploration while also making the clothes very, very nice. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 An exuberant Iger—who has spent the past few months fending off proxy fights with activist investor Nelson Peltz—told investors the fortunes of the business were changing at last. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Día de los Muertos, as anyone who has seen the Disney movie Coco will tell you, is one of Latin America’s most culturally significant and visually exuberant holidays — and many people see the city of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, as its epicenter. Flora Stubbs, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 But the underside was a kind of flattening effect: a lack of space for exuberant adolescent ego, combined with a palpable sense of suppression, frustration, and sudden, erratic anger, especially on my father’s part. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Appearance: an exuberant, rocky head over a russet body. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 The Eighties and Nineties were a decadent time of exuberant luxury for the ruling class in the Middle East. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of exuberant was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Exuberant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exuberant. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​u·​ber·​ant ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce exuberant (audio)
: joyfully enthusiastic
exuberantly adverb

Medical Definition


ex·​u·​ber·​ant ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce exuberant (audio)
: characterized by extreme proliferation
exuberant granulation tissue
remarkably exuberant metastatic calcificationSandy Muspratt

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