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[ih-buhl-yuh nt, ih-boo l-] /ɪˈbʌl yənt, ɪˈbʊl-/
overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited:
The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor.
bubbling up like a boiling liquid.
Origin of ebullient
1590-1600; < Latin ēbullient- (stem of ēbulliēns 'boiling up,' present participle of ēbullīre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + bulli- (derivative of bulla 'a bubble') + -ent- -ent
Related forms
ebulliently, adverb
nonebullient, adjective
nonebulliently, adverb
unebullient, adjective Unabridged
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  • As he stood beside the bridal pair he seemed almost too festive, too estival, too ebullient for this poor earth of ours.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • As a primary step he was obliged to suppress his ebullient brother-in-law.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The ebullient kettle kept lifting its lid in growing impatience.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • Strangely enough the voice, though well-known, seemed to have a sobering effect on all these ebullient tempers.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • In the ebullient period it is chiefly distinguished by head-dress and the total abolition of stays.

British Dictionary definitions for ebullient


/ɪˈbʌljənt; ɪˈbʊl-/
overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement; exuberant
Derived Forms
ebullience, ebulliency, noun
ebulliently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēbullīre to bubble forth, be boisterous, from bullīre to boil1
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Word Origin and History for ebullient

1590s, "boiling," from Latin ebullientem (nominative ebulliens), present participle of ebullire "to boil over," literally and figuratively, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + bullire "to bubble" (see boil (v.)). Figurative sense of "enthusiastic" is first recorded 1660s.

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