View synonyms for effusive


[ ih-fyoo-siv ]


  1. unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve:

    effusive greetings; an effusive person.

  2. pouring out; overflowing.


/ ɪˈfjuːsɪv /


  1. extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
  2. (of rock) formed by the solidification of magma

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Derived Forms

  • efˈfusively, adverb
  • efˈfusiveness, noun

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Other Words From

  • ef·fusive·ly adverb
  • ef·fusive·ness noun
  • nonef·fusive adjective
  • nonef·fusive·ly adverb
  • nonef·fusive·ness noun
  • over·ef·fusive adjective
  • over·ef·fusive·ly adverb
  • over·ef·fusive·ness noun
  • unef·fusive adjective
  • unef·fusive·ly adverb
  • unef·fusive·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of effusive1

First recorded in 1655–65; effuse + -ive

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Example Sentences

The site received an effusive response online and endorsements from activists, researchers, and other whistleblowers.

The choice to embrace effusive displays of sincere feeling will always bring the risk of vilification.

From Vox

Fresh and lively, there’s tension, or energy, on the palate, with effusive blackberry and raspberry fruit.

Still, their summary of the literature isn’t all that effusive.

Michael, an effusive 8-year-old who often provided his classmates with updates on his morning, was the last to respond.

On the other hand, he was positively effusive about the former first lady and New York senator.

Baltimore Sun television columnist David Zurawik has been positively effusive.

When a Texan came along he was effusive, exclaiming “fantastic” as he posed for picture.

Armstrong is especially effusive about HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington, whom he calls a “world-class entrepreneur.”

The praise was so effusive that the Cannes jury awarded Dern the Best Actor prize.

Not that he understood why she was so much more effusive than of old, but if it augured a happier life together, he was glad.

There was somethine in Chopin's warm, tender, effusive friendship that may be best characterised by the word "feminine."

The house was frequented by all the friends of the host, who were obsequiously effusive in smiles, flattery, and genuflections.

The Duke's reply was little more effusive than the note he had sent last.

I ain't waxin' effusive over this savage, and it's agin my principles ever to shake hands with a coloured man.


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