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

Origin of effusive

First recorded in 1655–65; effuse + -ive
Related formsef·fu·sive·ly, adverbef·fu·sive·ness, nounnon·ef·fu·sive, adjectivenon·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbnon·ef·fu·sive·ness, nouno·ver·ef·fu·sive, adjectiveo·ver·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·ef·fu·sive·ness, nounun·ef·fu·sive, adjectiveun·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbun·ef·fu·sive·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of effusively

Historical Examples of effusively

  • She embraced her guest as effusively as she had addressed her.

  • She welcomed Lord Robert effusively, and motioned to him to stand by her side.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He greeted her effusively and she endeavored to pass him and go to the kitchen.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • No doubt she had received that petition too effusively—and he wished there should be no mistake.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • "My dear, I've been simply dying to meet you," began Maud, effusively.

British Dictionary definitions for effusively



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 effusively



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

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