exuberance

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Etymology[edit]

From French exubérance, from Latin exuberantia (superabundance), from exuberare (to grow thickly, to abound); from ex (out), and uber (udder), and originally would have referred to a cow or she-goat which was making so much milk that it naturally dripped or sprayed from the udder.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛksˈjuː.bɜːɹ.əns/, /ˈɛɡ.ʒuː.bɜːɹ.əns/

Noun[edit]

exuberance (countable and uncountable, plural exuberances)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being exuberant; cheerful or vigorous enthusiasm; liveliness.
    • 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, BBC Sport:
      Tottenham's desire for a win against a Norwich side playing with energy and exuberance made for an enthralling, end-to-end game.
  2. An instance of exuberant behaviour.

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