[ih-buhl-yuh nt, ih-boo l-]


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

Origin of ebullient

1590–1600; < Latin ēbullient- (stem of ēbulliēns 'boiling up,' present participle of ēbullīre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + bulli- (derivative of bulla 'a bubble') + -ent- -ent
Related formse·bul·lient·ly, adverbnon·e·bul·lient, adjectivenon·e·bul·lient·ly, adverbun·e·bul·lient, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ebullient

Contemporary Examples of ebullient

Historical Examples of ebullient

  • Thus was it with the ebullient folk of Dodge on the dry occasion of Prohibition.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • The son, a young man of ebullient manner, greeted me in the courtyard.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • They were arm in arm, full of happiness, full of the ebullient consciousness of their release.

    The Hills of Refuge

    Will N. Harben

  • As a primary step he was obliged to suppress his ebullient brother-in-law.

    The President

    Alfred Henry Lewis

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

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

British Dictionary definitions for ebullient



overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement; exuberant
Derived Formsebullience or ebulliency, nounebulliently, adverb

Word Origin for ebullient

C16: from Latin ēbullīre to bubble forth, be boisterous, from bullīre to boil 1
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Word Origin and History for ebullient

1590s, "boiling," from Latin ebullientem (nominative ebulliens), present participle of ebullire "to boil over," literally and figuratively, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + bullire "to bubble" (see boil (v.)). Figurative sense of "enthusiastic" is first recorded 1660s.

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