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[pruh-fyoos] /prəˈfyus/
spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in):
profuse praise.
made or done freely and abundantly:
profuse apologies.
abundant; in great amount.
Origin of profuse
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere to pour out or forth. See pro-1, fuse2
Related forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, noun
unprofuse, adjective
unprofusely, adverb
unprofuseness, noun
1. thrifty.
Synonym Study
1. See lavish. 3. See ample. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Why, mother, you are profuse in unhappy apothegms this morning," said Joe.

  • Pluto was profuse in his thanks, while Monroe hunted for a match with which to view the picture.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Here she was acknowledging everything with most profuse confession.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • Though it was 43 degrees below zero, I was in a profuse perspiration.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • The trainer was in profuse perspiration, though it was 38 degrees below zero.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • He did not believe in strong purgatives, nor in profuse and sudden blood-lettings.

  • He was too profuse indeed with his facts: he had not the art of condensation.

    Lord George Bentinck Benjamin Disraeli
  • It may be imagined how happy I was and how profuse in the expression of my gratitude.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • Hence, he was everywhere greeted with a genial and profuse hospitality.

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
British Dictionary definitions for profuse


plentiful, copious, or abundant: profuse compliments
(often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of): profuse in thanks
Derived Forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, profusion, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin profundere to pour lavishly
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Word Origin and History for profuse

early 15c., "lavish, extravagant," from Latin profusus "spread out, lavish, extravagant," literally "poured forth," noun use of past participle of profundere "pour forth," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Meaning "bountiful" is from c.1600. Related: Profusely; profuseness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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