Definition of exuberant
1 : extreme or excessive in degree, size, or extent exuberant prosperity
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
Recent Examples of exuberant from the Web
But before long, Muldrow was yelling, and not even Lacy's exuberant cornet riffs could provide sufficient distraction.
Biokoro let out an exuberant cheer after his runner-up finish, the fastest 200 time of his career.
This fun fact comes to us courtesy of the book’s editor, Anne Margaret Daniel, whose exuberant diligence is more worthwhile than most of the stories.
Also, Ozomatli, an exuberant L.A. dance band that combined hip-hop, reggae, rock and Latin sounds, performed into the night.
Filled with refreshing, summery synths and the members' smooth vocals, the song is a major change for the group that became known for their exuberant approach to pop.
Last Wednesday, as the bond market slumbered, the Fox Entertainment Group kindly accepted a US$3 billion vote of confidence from an exuberant Wall Street electorate.
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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
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of exuberant
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
Definition of exuberant for Students
: filled with energy and enthusiasm The audience applause … rose in an exuberant swell … — Lois Lowry, The Giver
Medical Definition of exuberant
: characterized by extreme proliferation exuberant granulation tissue remarkably exuberant metastatic calcification—Sandy Muspratt
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