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[ig-zoo-ber-uh nt] /ɪgˈzu bər ənt/
effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant:
an exuberant welcome for the hero.
abounding in vitality; extremely joyful and vigorous.
extremely good; overflowing; plentiful:
exuberant health.
profuse in growth or production; luxuriant; superabundant:
exuberant vegetation.
Origin of exuberant
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin exūberant- (stem of exūberāns), present participle of exūberāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ūberāre to be fruitful (derivative of ūber fertile); see -ant
Related forms
exuberantly, adverb
overexuberant, adjective
overexuberantly, adverb
unexuberant, adjective
unexuberantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Then he trotted after Jan and the children and was exuberantly glad to see Meg again.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Blanche was too exuberantly happy at the moment to be damped by any rebuke.


    Janet Milne Rae
  • He praised Buchanan, if not exuberantly, still sufficiently.

    Martin Van Buren Edward M. Shepard
  • As Mrs. Loring had said, he was good-looking, but too exuberantly so.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • "It could not possibly be better occupied," he said exuberantly.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • This group includes the robust, florid, exuberantly healthy people.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • And I went exuberantly out—so exuberantly that I left my hat upon his table, and was obliged to hasten back for it.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for exuberantly


abounding in vigour and high spirits; full of vitality
lavish or effusive; excessively elaborate: exuberant compliments
growing luxuriantly or in profusion
Derived Forms
exuberance, noun
exuberantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exūberāns, from ūberāre to be fruitful, from ūber fertile
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Word Origin and History for exuberantly



mid-15c., from Middle French exubérant and directly from Latin exuberantem (nominative exuberans) "overabundance," present participle of exuberare "be abundant, grow luxuriously," from ex- "thoroughly" + uberare "be fruitful," related to uber "udder," from PIE root *eue-dh-r- (see udder). Related: Exuberantly; exuberate; exuberating.

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exuberantly in Medicine

exuberant ex·u·ber·ant (ĭg-zōō'bər-ənt)
Proliferating or growing excessively.

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