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

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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The characters of Pose, the house mothers and queens and LGBTQ voguers who congregated in Season 1 to compete against each other’s exuberant charades, are asserting their presence in a world that’s usually ill-inclined to receive it. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Pose Lets In the Light," 12 June 2019 The newest member, recently rescued from one of our kids, is a 14-month-old, exuberant hound mix. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Animal House — part 2: Basic training can make unruly dogs fit for home life," 6 June 2019 But there’s also a feverish focus on exuberant color, artifice-laden compositions and perceptual plays that slip back and forth across the thresholds between reality and fantasy, nature and culture. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "Artists at Winston Wächter gallery construct enticing ‘Summer Dreams’," 30 July 2018 Which means clean, modern lines and lots of bright, exuberant, unapologetic color. refinery29.com, "This Company Wants To Be The Rent The Runway Of Furniture," 16 May 2018 Microsoft ’s unassuming Satya Nadella, who followed the famously exuberant Steve Ballmer in 2014, seems to be doing a fine job. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Goodbye Swaggering CEOs; Hello Mr. Rogers," 3 Nov. 2018 Riccardo was immediately super-exuberant and enthusiastic about the notion. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ezra Miller's Incredible Met Gala Makeup Look is Giving Us a Headache," 7 May 2019 Tony Duquette and Renzo Mongiardino both crafted highly theatrical rooms—often over the top but always chic, exuberant, and utterly transportive. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Behold the Campiest Rooms of All Time," 7 May 2019 Accompanied by Vincent Rodriguez, who plays her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan, and other cast members, Bloom drew loud ovations from the exuberant fans who packed the 145-seat Covina Center of the Performing Arts for a concert version of the show. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' goes from small screen to small stage in Covina," 12 Apr. 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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More Definitions for exuberant

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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