- to be or become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm: All the neighbors enthused over the new baby.
- to cause to become enthusiastic.
Origin of enthuse
1820–30, Americanism; back formation from enthusiasm
The verb enthuse is a 19th-century back formation from the noun enthusiasm. Originally an Americanism, enthuse is now standard and well established in the speech and all but the most formal writing of educated persons, in both Britain and the United States. It is used as a transitive verb meaning “to cause to become enthusiastic” ( The liveliness of the dance enthused the audience ) and as an intransitive verb meaning “to show enthusiasm” ( She enthused warmly over his performance ). Despite its long history and frequent occurrence, however, enthuse is still strongly disapproved of by many.
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Examples from the Web for enthuse
BALA leaders, meanwhile, enthuse about the wave of public attention their cause is receiving.The Shady Group Behind the African-American Anti-Immigration Rally
July 12, 2013
I liked these men; I liked to enthuse over all the big things they were doing.The Harbor
He doesn't care a rap for poetry, and he laughs when I enthuse.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Here is a book which will grip and enthuse every boy reader.The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation
Annie Fellows Johnston
Mr. Briggerland did not enthuse over any form of sport or exercise.The Angel of Terror
He did not "enthuse," and he did not despair; he kept his head.Carnac's Folly, Complete
- to feel or show or cause to feel or show enthusiasm
Word Origin and History for enthuse
1827, American English, back-formation from enthusiasm. Originally often humorous or with affected ignorance. Related: enthused; enthusing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper