- unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve: effusive greetings; an effusive person.
- pouring out; overflowing.
- Geology. extrusive(def 3).
Origin of effusive
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Examples from the Web for effusively
Dave Bredensteiner of Bedford, who served under the lieutenant colonel in Iraq, praised her effusively as an excellent leader.Joni Ernst's Big Pivot: From Pig Castrator to Iowa Nice
August 11, 2014
The Wall Street Journal praised him effusively for repudiating Nehru's "xenophobia" and embracing the markets.The Man Who Reinvented India
May 24, 2012
“This is a critical information job,” says Metzl, who effusively praises the choice of Ensor.Can This Man Outsmart the Taliban?
January 26, 2010
And Philip Roth, equally unencumbered by irony, mourned Plimpton effusively in his novel Exit Ghost.Plimpton's Crazy Co-Conspirator
Ronald K. Fried
December 8, 2008
She embraced her guest as effusively as she had addressed her.The Education of Eric Lane
She welcomed Lord Robert effusively, and motioned to him to stand by her side.The Christian
He greeted her effusively and she endeavored to pass him and go to the kitchen.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
No doubt she had received that petition too effusively—and he wished there should be no mistake.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
"My dear, I've been simply dying to meet you," began Maud, effusively.The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation
Annie Fellows Johnston
- extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
- (of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
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Word Origin and History for effusively
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