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[ef-er-ves-uh nt] /ˌɛf ərˈvɛs ənt/
effervescing; bubbling.
vivacious; merry; lively; sparkling.
Origin of effervescent
1675-85; < Latin effervēscent- (stem of effervēscēns), present participle of effervēscere to effervesce; see -ent
Related forms
effervescently, adverb
noneffervescent, adjective
noneffervescently, adverb
uneffervescent, adjective
uneffervescently, adverb Unabridged
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  • In youth, that effervescent stage of human existence, "joy is unconfined."

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • Hers was an effervescent spirit which could not be suppressed.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • The little township “ran” a journal of its own, and though not so effervescent as The Lyre of Ladysmith, it had its humorous side.

  • The thin, cool liquid, slightly milky and effervescent, bubbled to the brim.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • She opened the bottle and placed the effervescent liquid before her mistress.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
  • "Not a bit, Opdyke; not a bit," he said, with effervescent cheer.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
British Dictionary definitions for effervescent


(of a liquid) giving off bubbles of gas; bubbling
high-spirited; vivacious
Derived Forms
effervescence, noun
effervescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for effervescent

1680s, from Latin effervescentem (nominative effervescens), present participle of effervescere (see effervescence). Meaning "exuberant" is from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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