effusive

[ ih-fyoo-siv ]
/ ɪˈfyu sɪv /

adjective

unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve: effusive greetings; an effusive person.
pouring out; overflowing.
Geology. extrusive(def 3).

Nearby words

  1. effulgence,
  2. effulgent,
  3. effuse,
  4. effusiometer,
  5. effusion,
  6. effy,
  7. efik,
  8. efis,
  9. efl,
  10. eflornithine hydrochloride

Origin of effusive

First recorded in 1655–65; effuse + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for effusive

effusive

/ (ɪˈfjuːsɪv) /

adjective

extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
(of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
Derived Formseffusively, adverbeffusiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for effusive

effusive

adj.

1660s, from Latin effus-, stem of effundere (see effusion) + -ive. Related: Effusively.

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