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[ih-fyoo-siv] /ɪˈfyu sɪv/
unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve:
effusive greetings; an effusive person.
pouring out; overflowing.
Geology. extrusive (def 3).
Origin of effusive
First recorded in 1655-65; effuse + -ive
Related forms
effusively, adverb
effusiveness, noun
noneffusive, adjective
noneffusively, adverb
noneffusiveness, noun
overeffusive, adjective
overeffusively, adverb
overeffusiveness, noun
uneffusive, adjective
uneffusively, adverb
uneffusiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for effusiveness
Historical Examples
  • Mr. Farrington recovered and returned it without the effusiveness of a seeker after acquaintance.

  • Jennie received her aunt with cordiality, but not effusiveness.

  • She said pleasant little things about him without any effusiveness.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • It has been said that the General liked the lack of effusiveness of Stephen's reply.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • All she cared for was that Charles should give her a cordial welcome; and this he did with effusiveness and open arms.

  • Not less funny was the effusiveness of their affectionate leave-takings.

    Across Patagonia Lady Florence Dixie
  • It was doled out in a liqueur-glass, and we toasted one another with effusiveness.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • He greeted us all with like effusiveness and sat down facing Hester.

    The Master of Silence Irving Bacheller
  • She wondered at the rapidity with which his shyness was passing into effusiveness.

  • The little lady's manner was combined of effusiveness and nervousness.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for effusiveness


extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
(of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
Derived Forms
effusively, adverb
effusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effusiveness



1660s, from Latin effus-, stem of effundere (see effusion) + -ive. Related: Effusively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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