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Friday, November 03, 2017

Definitions for ebullient

  1. overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited: The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor.
  2. bubbling up like a boiling liquid.

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Citations for ebullient
Howie is ebullient. He bounds up to Alberta to hug her awkwardly.... "You were great!" Marge Piercy, Braided Lives, 1982
Troy Schumacher, who is one of the company’s most buoyant and ebullient Pucks, told me, “The role is unique in that you are responsible for just about everything! Puck has twenty entrances—the most, I believe, in any ballet—and he is often carrying props! He’s the catalyst for the action, and everything depends on him!” Cynthia Zarin, "Dreaming with Shakespeare During a Summer of Chaos," The New Yorker, August 24, 2017
Origin of ebullient
1590-1600
The English adjective ebullient comes from the Latin present participle stem ebullient-, from the verb ēbullīre “to bubble, boil, boil over.” The Latin verb derives from the noun bulla “bubble, knob, stud,” i.e., something that swells up and becomes round. From the Latin noun bulla, English has bull (as in a “papal bull”), bowl (as in the sport), and bulla (a medical term meaning “large vesicle”). The verb ēbullīre has the prefix e-, from ex- “going out or forth, changing condition” (as when water boils) and derives from the simple verb bullīre “to bubble, boil.” Bullīre regularly becomes boillir in Old French (bouillir in modern French), the source of the English verb boil. Ebullient entered English in the late 16th century.