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From the stem of Latin effundēre + -ive, from ex- (“out of”) + fundō (“pour”), 1660s.
effusive (comparative more effusive, superlative most effusive)
- Gushy; unrestrained, extravagant or excessive (in emotional expression).
- 1997, David Foster Wallace, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again”, in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Kindle edition, Little, Brown Book Group:
- All week I’ve found myself doing everything I can to distance myself in the crew’s eyes from the bovine herd I’m part of, to somehow unimplicate myself: I eschew cameras and sunglasses and pastel Caribbeanwear; I make a big deal of carrying my own cafeteria tray and am effusive in my thanks for the slightest service.
- 2023 March 8, Gareth Dennis, “The Reshaping of things to come...”, in RAIL, number 978, page 47:
- While he is reasonably effusive about inter-city travel, he is heavily disparaging of all types of stopping service, including those on otherwise busy main lines. His analysis is not entirely unsound, and he tackles some of the questions head on.
- (archaic) Pouring, spilling out freely; overflowing.
- 1726, Homer, “Book XXII”, in [Alexander Pope], transl., The Odyssey of Homer. […], volume V, London: […] Bernard Lintot, →OCLC:
- wash'd with the effusive wave
- (geology, of igneous rock) Extrusive; having solidified after being poured out as molten lava.
extravagant or excessive
pouring, spilling out freely; overflowing
extrusive; having solidified after being poured out as molten lava
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “effusive”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
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