- 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
Examples from the Web for profuse
Both of these factors occur during intense athletic activity, which results in profuse sweating.A Lesson From LeBron James’ Game One Nightmare
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
June 7, 2014
"Why, mother, you are profuse in unhappy apothegms this morning," said Joe.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
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
Though it was 43 degrees below zero, I was in a profuse perspiration.
The trainer was in profuse perspiration, though it was 38 degrees below zero.
- plentiful, copious, or abundantprofuse compliments
- (often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of)profuse in thanks
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.