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  1. unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve: effusive greetings; an effusive person.
  2. pouring out; overflowing.
  3. Geology. extrusive(def 3).
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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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Related Words for effusiveness

liveliness, elation, buoyancy, exuberance, gaiety, richness, effervescence, zest, agitation, vitality, excitement, ferment, exhilaration, animation, effusiveness, vivacity, abundance, lavishness, exaggeration, plenitude

Examples from the Web for effusiveness

Historical Examples of effusiveness

  • She said pleasant little things about him without any effusiveness.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Jennie received her aunt with cordiality, but not effusiveness.

  • The Dictator was not an effusive man, and effusiveness did not flourish in his presence.

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy

  • It has been said that the General liked the lack of effusiveness of Stephen's reply.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • Not less funny was the effusiveness of their affectionate leave-takings.

    Across Patagonia

    Lady Florence Dixie

British Dictionary definitions for effusiveness


  1. extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
  2. (of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
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Derived Formseffusively, adverbeffusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effusiveness



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

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