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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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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Recent Examples on the Web My best guess is that the cytokine storm, referenced above, is more exuberant among older folks. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al, "How does coronavirus kill you when it does? COVID-19 Questions," 16 Mar. 2020 Those would haves wound up not happening because Huffman, Bova and Co. answered every big run from St. Ignatius in front of an exuberant sellout crowd. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 1 St. Edward, sophomore Michael Bova emerge from ‘fog’ to beat No. 13 St. Ignatius, 61-55," 10 Jan. 2020 The soft-spoken Gilmore said that Van Noy has helped him open up and be a little more exuberant. BostonGlobe.com, "Pick on Stephon Gilmore? Patriots cornerback makes Bengals pay - The Boston Globe," 16 Dec. 2019 The great Liverpool teams of the seventies and eighties were exuberant and cosmopolitan. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Watching Liverpool’s Awesome, Fretful Return to the Top of English Soccer," 26 Feb. 2020 Barry Molina created a delightfully incorrigible Fritz, fusing unruly shenanigans and exuberant physicality into a thoroughly believable character. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Ballet's stunning 'Nutcracker' production leaves the audience speechless," 8 Dec. 2019 When Rodney Hu was a child, Chinese New Year celebrations were an exuberant, noisy affair. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "How a Cantonese duck recipe sparks memories of Phoenix's Chinese restaurant golden age," 20 Jan. 2020 And when the inevitable rebellion happens, and the band's exuberant performance in the school hall silences Baxter's sputtering outrage, the moment is too poorly elaborated to be satisfying. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sing Street': Theater Review," 17 Dec. 2019 Six weeks after an exuberant, heavily attended opening ceremony, workers discovered cracks in two structural steel beams. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Floating Utopia of Salesforce Park," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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“Exuberant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exuberant. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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exuberant

adjective
How to pronounce exuberant (audio)

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

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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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