[ ih-buhl-yuh nt, ih-boo l- ]
/ ɪˈbʌl yənt, ɪˈbʊl- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. ebs,
  2. ebstein's anomaly,
  3. ebstein's sign,
  4. ebu,
  5. ebullience,
  6. ebulliometer,
  7. ebullioscopy,
  8. ebullition,
  9. eburnation,
  10. eburnitis

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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British Dictionary definitions for ebulliently


/ (ɪˈbʌljənt, ɪˈbʊl-) /


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 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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