adjective ex·u·ber·ant \ ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of exuberant

1 a : 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



Examples of exuberant in a Sentence

  1. 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 KauffmannNew Republic23 July 2001
  2. 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 AnsenNewsweek14 May 2001
  3. 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 McWhorterNew Republic22 Oct. 2001
  4. 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." ESPN25 Dec. 2000
  5. His exuberant personality makes him fun to be around.

  6. exuberant crowds rushed to greet the returning national champions in collegiate basketball

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

EXUBERANT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of exuberant for English Language Learners

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

  • : existing in large amounts : very plentiful

EXUBERANT Defined for Kids


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

Definition of exuberant for Students

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


\-bə-rəns\ noun

Medical Dictionary


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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