ex·​u·​ber·​ant | \ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rənt \

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


bouncy, bubbly, buoyant, crank [chiefly dialect], effervescent, frolic, frolicsome, gamesome, gay, high-spirited, vivacious


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 end of the new video captures what should have happened: the entire painting is shredded essentially beyond repair, collapsing on the floor in what was undoubtedly meant to be an exuberant statement on artistic value. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "New Banksy video shows Girl with Balloon should have been totally shredded," 18 Oct. 2018 Famously, Lyons encouraged American women to wear sequins during the day, perhaps paired with low-key chambray — a divisive point for some shoppers but a defining trait of Lyons’s exuberant style. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Jenna Lyons, the former powerhouse behind J.Crew, finally announced her next move," 9 Oct. 2018 In Time, seemed even a shade more implausible than the exuberant fantasy of the book itself. Robert Newhouse, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Gets Candid About the Moment Ava DuVernay Cast Her in "A Wrinkle in Time"," 16 Aug. 2018 Try the Side Car or the Smoked Old Fashioned, both made with exuberant gusto. Seth Shezi, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Bars in Cape Town," 13 Sep. 2018 The exuberant undergraduate wearing a Nike cap and giving out samples is as common on U.S. campuses as football fans tailgating at homecoming. Claire Ballentine, The Seattle Times, "The hot college gig: online brand promoter," 1 Sep. 2018 One, to equate what happens when college students drink too much, become overly exuberant, and celebrate, and resulting damages with intentional destruction of private property, those are not one in the same. Fox News, "Harmeet Dhillon: Lanny Davis sold out Michael Cohen," 21 Aug. 2018 Mostly the mood was exuberant, with Saudi fans taking selfies with Russians in the stadium’s corridors despite their rivalry. Washington Post, "Russian hopes, fears tied up in Putin’s showcase World Cup," 14 June 2018 Fresh from the world of the Normals, the young actors in On My Block are exuberant, adorable, and brutally talented. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Your Guide To The Bright-Eyed & Bushy Tailed Cast Of On My Block," 27 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of exuberant

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

: existing in large amounts : very plentiful


ex·​u·​ber·​ant | \ig-ˈzü-bə-rənt \

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


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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