[ ih-buhl-yuhnt, ih-bool- ]
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  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: ebullient lava streaming down the mountainside.

Origin of ebullient

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin ēbullient- (stem of ēbulliēns “boiling up,” present participle of ēbullīre ), equivalent to ē- + bulli- (derivative of bulla “a bubble”) + -ent-; see origin at e-1, boil1, -ent

Other words from ebullient

  • e·bul·lient·ly, adverb
  • non·e·bul·lient, adjective
  • non·e·bul·lient·ly, adverb
  • un·e·bul·lient, adjective

Words Nearby ebullient

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How to use ebullient in a sentence

  • Strangely enough the voice, though well-known, seemed to have a sobering effect on all these ebullient tempers.

    "Unto Caesar" | Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • They are what kings and priests were of old, they who have the power of bridling ebullient energies and turning them to use.

    mile Verhaeren | Stefan Zweig
  • With an ebullient sense of eloquence, of extravagant oratory, I longed for a sympathetic ear.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • It is to be brisk, brief, brave and ebullient—to meet the modification all must reckon with—the screen-trained mind.

    The Hive | Will Levington Comfort
  • The centres of civilization seethe, as it were, and are ebullient with the agitation of the self-questioning heart.

British Dictionary definitions for ebullient


/ (ɪˈbʌljənt, ɪˈbʊl-) /

  1. overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement; exuberant

  2. boiling

Origin of ebullient

C16: from Latin ēbullīre to bubble forth, be boisterous, from bullīre to boil 1

Derived forms of ebullient

  • ebullience or ebulliency, noun
  • ebulliently, adverb

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