exuberant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French exubérant, from Latin exūberāns, the present active participle of exūberō (be abundant). Put together 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]

  • IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzuːbəɹənt/
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Adjective[edit]

exuberant (comparative more exuberant, superlative most exuberant)

  1. (of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
    • 1882, Frank R. Stockton, "The Lady or the Tiger?":
      He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
    • 1961, Joseph Heller, Catch-22:
      She was a tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face.
  2. (of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.
    • 1972, Ken Lemmon, "Restoration Work at Studley Royal," Garden History, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 22:
      The County Architect's Department is starting to pleach trees to open up these vistas, now almost hidden by the exuberant growth.

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

exūberant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of exūberō