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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the works, such as an eye-popping mural of rainbow starbursts by American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt—certain to be catnip to Insta influencers—are exuberant, but the decor is restrained. James Stewart, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2022 Traditionally, Easter Sunday in the Black church is exuberant. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 17 Apr. 2022 Establishing buzz was a slow build, but the word-of-mouth was always exuberant. Glenn Whippentertainment Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 There was plenty to worry about, from the war in Ukraine to rising coronavirus infections in Europe, but for an evening at least, the mood was exuberant. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 Jonas then waves at the incoming train, and Bourgeois launches into his signature exuberant giggling at the trains passed by. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 When the Berlin wall came down in 1989, Merkel, who had been living in East Berlin, joined in with her fellow exuberant Ossis (East Germans) to venture into the West. Aaron Allen, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2021 The tone of the announcement — breathless, sheepish, exuberant — wasn’t the sort of thing one associates with research scientists. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The mint juleps flowed while exuberant hats and pocket squares bobbed through the grandstand and clubhouse of the famed Churchill Downs. New York Times, 1 May 2021 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Exuberant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exuberant. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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

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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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