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[ih-buhl-yuh nt, ih-boo l-]
  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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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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Historical Examples of ebulliently

  • The editorials I criticised were joyous and ebulliently hilarious compared with those which might be expected in the future.

    Aladdin &amp; Co.

    Herbert Quick

  • For all answer—as the ebulliently sentimental she-novelist saith—he pointed to the pell-mell pile of morning papers.

  • He had been ebulliently active; now he was dull and spiritless—seemed to be dazed.

British Dictionary definitions for ebulliently


  1. overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement; exuberant
  2. boiling
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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 ebulliently



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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