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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Monfils, raised on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, is jovial and exuberant, one of the more charismatic players on tour. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Monfils and Svitolina: Taking Strides Together at the U.S. Open," 3 Sep. 2019 This thing even closed with an ungainly (if exuberant) Garden State free-for-all featuring a bunch of rappers — among them Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature and Redman — who hadn’t been on MTV since before A.J. Soprano was born. Los Angeles Times, "Welcome to the Resistance, MTV: The 2019 VMAs get woke, celebrate diversity and blast Trump," 27 Aug. 2019 For DC’s Lee, the Con is the comic industry’s Mardi Gras, an exuberant, out-of-control celebration. Tribune News Service, cleveland.com, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 Black women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and shades came together to create an event that was heartwarming, exuberant, and undeniably fun. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Zendaya and Grace Jones Just Brought Black Girl Magic to Paris Fashion Week," 2 Mar. 2019 Tarantino’s main talent is and always has been the exuberant expression of fandom. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "The ugly underside of Brad Pitt’s cool car in ‘Once Upon a Time . . .’," 23 Aug. 2019 Ivanka's Lawyer Tried To Change Cohen's Testimony How Ivanka's Policies Fall Short Ivanka is not exactly known for her exuberant facial expressions or gestures. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Ivanka Trump's Body Language In London Is Very Revealing, Says Expert," 6 June 2019 James' exuberant and wide-ranging explorations of the world began with studies of pre-Colombian cultures in Mexico. courant.com, "James McEnteer," 4 Aug. 2019 Zappos, in typically exuberant fashion, is giving us a big reason to celebrate — an extra 20% off sale styles now through July 28. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "Zappos Celebrates 20 Years Of Unrelenting Customer Service With A Big Birthday Sale," 25 July 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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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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