exuberant

adjective
ex·​u·​ber·​ant | \ ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce exuberant (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web In a fitting punctuation to Stanford’s extraordinary journey, its championship parade Monday was equal parts traditional and quirky, exuberant and muted, satisfying and a bit strange. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford parades around campus to celebrate women's basketball title," 5 Apr. 2021 This juicy, exuberant cabernet hails from the Baron Philippe de Rothschild family of wineries, best known for the Bordeaux first growth chateau Mouton-Rothschild. Washington Post, "This extraordinary $16 French rosé proves that 2020 was a good year for pink," 2 Apr. 2021 As lifelong trendsetters and style chameleons, Black creatives have the ability to effortlessly turn heads whether seen in soft, mild fashion looks or flashy and exuberant pieces. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "14 Iconic Black Fashion Moments Through Film," 1 Apr. 2021 Combining sculpture, mosaic and doll-making, local artist Chris Malone constructs exuberant figurines that frequently incorporate African motifs. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A focus on sensitive portraits with biographical elements," 26 Mar. 2021 From the exuberant Keldon Johnson to the wise-cracking Derrick White to the perpetually upbeat Patty Mills, the Spurs have no shortage of players capable of making the rest of the team smile. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Personalities, perspective, humor help Spurs get through season like no other," 22 Mar. 2021 Lush fabrics, vibrant patterns and exuberant accessories channel the era’s maximalist side. New York Times, "Nineties-Inspired Fashion That’s Bolder Than Ever," 18 Mar. 2021 In tomato red, hot pink, and grass green, Goddard’s Ugg styles translate her exuberant style into a very functional—and very cozy—shoe. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Molly Goddard x Ugg Boot Collaboration Has Finally Arrived," 18 Mar. 2021 Davison is a boyish 41-year-old native of San Diego with the demeanor of an exuberant children’s TV show host. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Buzzy, Chatty, Out-of-Control Rise of Clubhouse," 17 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exuberant. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce exuberant (audio) \

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 How to pronounce exuberant (audio) \

Medical Definition of exuberant

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

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